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(WCAX Vermont)   Old, methy: Stealing copper lines. New, neighborly: Running a copper wire to steal your neighbor's electricity   (wcax.com) divider line 27
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2013-10-07 09:02:12 AM
New?
 
2013-10-07 09:10:19 AM
Not new.

Just Google: "My neighbor is stealing my electricity." and you'll get enough stupid stories to last all morning.
 
2013-10-07 09:13:10 AM
Bootstrappy!
 
2013-10-07 09:14:55 AM
Seriously. this has been around as long as stealing cable.
Live in an apartment? Try shutting off your circuit breaker and see if the other guys AC shuts off.
He may very well have it wired into your panel.
 
2013-10-07 09:16:51 AM

Fubini: Not new.

Just Google: "My neighbor is stealing my electricity." and you'll get enough stupid stories to last all morning.


I'll take that as an invitation.

My neighbor was running his whole house off of an extension cord from beside my porch.  Not well, but he had a fridge and TV.  They would let the fridge get cold, unplug it and plug in the TV and dvd player.  They cooled their house with box fans.

/They left late one night to avoid a DSS entaglement.
//I was surprised when their dog didn't turn up a few days later.
 
2013-10-07 09:17:30 AM
csb time
I remember one teacher's story from college, had a neighbour who was an electrician, guy set up some electromagnetic induction based rig that would make electricity through the mag field current

/said the hydro company got questioning why his bill dropped, apparently like a rock, and kinda didn't take too kindly to him piggybacking off the lines
//hmmmm, ideas
 
2013-10-07 09:22:44 AM
First job that a member of my family had was working for the local electric company and going out at night to find people that had hooked up iillegally. They would wait until after dark then hook on to the lines.  This was in 1929. So not new.
 
2013-10-07 09:23:14 AM
wire their extension cord into a 220v outlet.
"shame about your appliances burning up and setting your house on fire"
 
2013-10-07 09:27:48 AM
Free electricity = BEST electricity.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-10-07 09:29:08 AM

The_Original_Roxtar: wire their extension cord into a 220v outlet.
"shame about your appliances burning up and setting your house on fire"


Yup. Or get a buck/boost with a 440 tap on it. Buh bye wires.
 
2013-10-07 09:33:33 AM
Meanwhile, over in India...

dailyreporter.com
 
2013-10-07 09:39:42 AM
something something 'good fences' something something
 
2013-10-07 09:41:30 AM
I don't fault the attempt so much as the lack of proper execution. He couldn't take a few moments to hide the wire?

CSB: A friend of mine was an electrician for some time. In a house with just an astounding number of problems he comes across a good one. While investigating where the breakers go he can't turn off the kitchen, even pulling the main breaker. Searching the basement he comes across an old double screw-type fuse panel with a wire running though the wall toward the neighbor's house. Sure enough, the kitchen is on that box.

He walked out on that one.
 
2013-10-07 09:43:35 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Look, all I know is that this cord was plugged into my house and your house was glowing like the freakin' sun. So, I put two and two together there and decided that you're pissing me off.
 
2013-10-07 09:45:18 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: I don't fault the attempt so much as the lack of proper execution. He couldn't take a few moments to hide the wire?

CSB: A friend of mine was an electrician for some time. In a house with just an astounding number of problems he comes across a good one. While investigating where the breakers go he can't turn off the kitchen, even pulling the main breaker. Searching the basement he comes across an old double screw-type fuse panel with a wire running though the wall toward the neighbor's house. Sure enough, the kitchen is on that box.

He walked out on that one.


Well, I did take them cookies on occasion.
 
2013-10-07 09:56:38 AM
"a 73-year-old woman called police to report that electricity was being stolen from her home."

Police were probably surprised when they got there to find out it really was.
 
2013-10-07 10:27:15 AM

Dwindle: Seriously. this has been around as long as stealing cable.
Live in an apartment? Try shutting off your circuit breaker and see if the other guys AC shuts off.
He may very well have it wired into your panel.


I'm pretty certain it has been going on since about 30 minutes after the first metered electrical drop was installed.
 
2013-10-07 10:36:10 AM

Dwindle: Seriously. this has been around as long as stealing cable.
Live in an apartment? Try shutting off your circuit breaker and see if the other guys AC shuts off.
He may very well have it wired into your panel.



I live in a condo.  Got people on all sides of me, but I'm on the ground floor, so no one under me that I know of.

Main PC has a nice UPS.  Occasionally I'll hear what sounds like a light switch flipping on and off, and my UPS will beep a little bit.

It is not me flipping the light switch.

I can't tell if the internal UPS circuit is flipping, and is under the desk, so it sounds weird, and I'm hearing it as a light switch.. or someone near me is on my circuit.

The breaker box doesn't flip any of the switches, so it's not an overload that I'm doing myself.

It smells of shenanigans and I don't like it.  Have not been able to pin it down.  It's not the AC or any normal household stuff that I directly control.
 
2013-10-07 10:41:12 AM

ZzeusS: Main PC has a nice UPS. Occasionally I'll hear what sounds like a light switch flipping on and off, and my UPS will beep a little bit.


They're sensitive. If there's a minor drop in voltage it will kick in. Normal voltage (U.S.) is 110-125. If it drops to 90, most electronic devices won't notice, and you may not notice, but the UPS does.

It's brownout protection.
 
2013-10-07 10:59:34 AM
What an Idiot.. he should have used wireless
 
2013-10-07 11:11:25 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: ZzeusS: Main PC has a nice UPS. Occasionally I'll hear what sounds like a light switch flipping on and off, and my UPS will beep a little bit.

They're sensitive. If there's a minor drop in voltage it will kick in. Normal voltage (U.S.) is 110-125. If it drops to 90, most electronic devices won't notice, and you may not notice, but the UPS does.

It's brownout protection.



Ok.  Well it is South Florida.  FPL is horrible.  We also have some larger UPSs in the other room that drive the servers (home business) that don't react.  Maybe it's just this one wall.    Thanks.
 
2013-10-07 11:30:31 AM
 
2013-10-07 11:51:29 AM
the owners of my company were caught in the 90's stealing electricity. They stole power for more than 10 years by tapping into a line. The company I work for uses nothing but electricity for it's mfg. They made (by some estimates) more than 40 million in profit in those 10 years and had to pay just under 500K when they were caught.

Seems like a good deal to me.
 
2013-10-07 12:46:26 PM

destrip: Meanwhile, over in India...

[dailyreporter.com image 500x334]


didn't get here quick enough
 
2013-10-07 02:00:48 PM
No prob. with electricity, but a neighbor swiped by phone service.
I lived in a really old house. There was an apt building (low rent farkers) next door. One day I walked by my phone and thought I heard people talking. Then I thought...no...how could that happen?
Then my caller id started showing numbers from the county jail and the state prison.
Once again I walked by my phone and heard people talking. I picked it up and the farkers were talking.
I called the phone company. Turns out all these old houses (and any buildings in between) have phone lines that are connected. Some apt dweller had just gone down in their utility room and routed my line into their apt.
Phone company came out to fix it. Says it happens all the time but it wasn't worth their expense to track down the farkers who did it.
BTW...While I was waiting for the phone company to come out, I screwed with whoever was stealing my phone service while they were talking on the phone, Like setting the phone in front of the tv, listening in and dropping an occasional comment etc...best one is when I swiped a bullhorn from work and blasted the farkers. Good times.
 
2013-10-07 02:36:56 PM
he should of ran the cord underground and through the back of the electrical outlet. he wouldve gotten away with it for a lot longer.

about a year ago, i was living in a condo building. 6 months went by and my roommate told me he stopped paying the electric bill 3 months before. so one day the electric went off and i had a paper to finish, i just ran an extension cord to the hallway until, mid paper, management cut my cord without saying a word to me. i was determined, so i drilled a hole in the back of my kitchen wall to the hallway electrical outlet and reversed the hallway outlet into my apartment. i was good until i moved out 3 months later. you bet i kept my lights on 24/7.
 
2013-10-07 04:33:46 PM

ZzeusS: The Irresponsible Captain: ZzeusS: Main PC has a nice UPS. Occasionally I'll hear what sounds like a light switch flipping on and off, and my UPS will beep a little bit.

They're sensitive. If there's a minor drop in voltage it will kick in. Normal voltage (U.S.) is 110-125. If it drops to 90, most electronic devices won't notice, and you may not notice, but the UPS does.

It's brownout protection.


Ok.  Well it is South Florida.  FPL is horrible.  We also have some larger UPSs in the other room that drive the servers (home business) that don't react.  Maybe it's just this one wall.    Thanks.


You think FPL is bad, try Lee County Electric Cooperative.  They take power from FPL (and I believe TECO) and add a whole new level of suck to it.

It's possible that you've got a phase imbalance. I had LCEC out the other day and found not-super-tight connections in my meter box.  Hot 1 to Hot 2 was 240, Hot 1 to Neutral was 120, but Hot 2 to Neutral was 112.  So any minor brownout would piss off the stuff attached to the Hot2 phase but the stuff on the Hot1 phase wasn't bothered because it wasn't below threshold.

/I'm still getting what appears to be brownouts on just one phase, they've got a data logger in my meter box now to see WTF is going on.
 
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