Have you been wondering what’s going on with the PG&E towers in our Park?

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Well, after talking to the tower crew, our MFPA members, Pat Pizzo, Vince Piazzisi, and Larry Sasscer, have the following explanations:

They are in the process of applying tension to the lines in order to raise them. In order to do this, they have to beef-up the tower structure with load-bearing struts and then replace the existing ceramic  insulators with more heavy-duty ones than the ones that were already there.

Larry and member Pier Maggiani both talked to the Contractor and were told that after they have the new equipment installed and the lines tightened up, they may gain an additional 5 ft to 10 ft of clearance from the ground.  Always a good thing when it comes to saving our park trees under the power lines.

Vince talked to one of the crew members about the work on the tower just across the street from his house. He had noticed them installing wheels on the lines.  After asking about the wheels he was told this was to facilitate the tightening of the power line to take out slack.

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How would you like being over 70 feet in the air next to 115,000 volts of electricity?!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sqrrlady on November 15, 2016 at 7:44 am

    REALY A NEAT WAY OF DOING ALL OF THIS. WITH THE WHEELS AND ALL RATHER FASCINATING

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  2. Thanks! MFPA news is more relevant and compelling than the local paper. Keep it coming!

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