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molo
08-05-2008, 06:53 PM
There is a 20' high norway spruce tree touching a "thick" elctrical wire.

Can someone be shocked by touching or climbing the tree (without touching the wire)?

Thanks for any replys,

Cookie
08-05-2008, 07:19 PM
Molo,

Send your cat up the tree first,
http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_1_23.gif


In all seriousness, it depends on alot of things, if it is raining, how well you are grounded, how much insulation is worn off the wire, alot of variables. I would be careful.

I would call a professional tree guy.

jadnashua
08-05-2008, 07:47 PM
Call the power company... they may hack away more than you want.

Cookie
08-05-2008, 07:53 PM
I found this on the net Molo:



Tree Trimmer Falls onto Live Wire
March 27th, 2006 @ 8:51pm

(KSL News) -- A tree trimmer survived a scary and potentially deadly situation this afternoon.
The man was in a 120-year old cottonwood tree when one the branches he was trimming fell onto a live wire. The man reported feeling electrical current running through his legs.
The power company arrived and shut the power down. A ladder truck from the fire department then brought the man safely to the ground. He was treated at the scene. After getting on the ground, the victim cleaned up his tools and went home for the day.


The power companies hack mine to pieces. I use a tree guy and tell him what I want cut. I had 2 huge trees cut down recently. Both 90 footers because one was too close to my house and the other overhung my neighbors in the back. I was glad I did it. I got 2 in the front, that has to come down for the same reasons with powerlines.

Cookie
08-05-2008, 08:16 PM
Actually, there were 3 , 90 footers!
Check these out, and these tree guys were fantastic! I would never had climbed these trees. It was amazing to watch them.

hj
08-06-2008, 07:25 AM
Call the power company. Trees rubbing against power lines can start a fire.

RRW
08-06-2008, 02:30 PM
Oh so true, we had a really bad storm on Monday and the scanner was calling fires in trees and transformers all over town.

pudge565
08-06-2008, 09:03 PM
As a nolunteer Fire Fighter i can tell you that most often tree/transformer fires are started by lightning. NOT the wires rubbing the tree. But over a period of time this is possible.

Speedy Petey
08-07-2008, 04:05 AM
There is a 20' high norway spruce tree touching a "thick" elctrical wire.At 20' and "thick" this is not power, it is phone or cable. Even if it is power it would be secondary and most likely insulated.
Primary is much higher and is either insulated or bare.

I agree with pudge, but I do also thing you should call someone about it.

molo
08-07-2008, 08:29 AM
At 20' and "thick" this is not power, it is phone or cable. Even if it is power it would be secondary and most likely insulated.
Primary is much higher and is either insulated or bare.

I agree with pudge, but I do also thing you should call someone about it.


Yes, I don't think it's the main power lines either. I'm not sure what it is.

It goes along at the same height as the cable line and every so often it goes into a "tube" that is about 2' long and 4-5" in diameter.

Not sure what it is, but I'm not going to mess with it.

Mikey
08-09-2008, 02:20 PM
Probably either cable TV or telephone. The "tube" is a splice box or junction box.