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(ABC Local)   Tired of paying a lot for electricity? Come to New York, where you can get it for free   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 48
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2014-02-19 04:44:56 PM  
Heh. Plug.
 
2014-02-19 05:00:17 PM  
Hand delivered
 
2014-02-19 05:01:03 PM  
Stray voltage?  I ain't never heard of that there before.
 
2014-02-19 05:01:14 PM  
ftfa: Con Edison says roving crews first noticed the problem at about 4 a.m.

NYC has roving gangs of utility workers out at night? Vampirtricians?
 
2014-02-19 05:01:46 PM  
That explains Trump's hair.
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-19 05:01:54 PM  
But if you take any of that electricity they'll most likely...

***puts on sunglasses***

...charge you for it. YEEEAAAHHHH!
 
2014-02-19 05:02:28 PM  
Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..
 
2014-02-19 05:04:55 PM  

tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..


"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.
 
2014-02-19 05:05:27 PM  
Aside from (or combined with) the water and salt, is this the result of ancient infrastructure?

/I was stuck in an elevator for three hours and had to make it the whole time. But I don't mind. One time I turned into a dog and they helped me.
 
2014-02-19 05:07:10 PM  
What the hell happened? Is the whole two-block area not connected to a true Earth ground but instead wired together in such a way that it could be shorted to a live wire? I mean, it sounds like a ground problem if they're worried about doors and the street itself being electrified.
 
2014-02-19 05:09:05 PM  

cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.


Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!
 
2014-02-19 05:09:53 PM  

cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.


nothing to worry about, it's just a viral media stunt for the new Spiderman movie, with Electro
 
2014-02-19 05:10:04 PM  

Nexzus: Aside from (or combined with) the water and salt, is this the result of ancient infrastructure?

/I was stuck in an elevator for three hours and had to make it the whole time. But I don't mind. One time I turned into a dog and they helped me.


Very good, Nexzus, short but pointless.
 
2014-02-19 05:12:20 PM  

nanim: ftfa: Con Edison says roving crews first noticed the problem at about 4 a.m.

NYC has roving gangs of utility workers out at night? Vampirtricians?


I guess that's when the alarms started going off.

Last thursday, around 2am, my receiver started making a weird noise, as if someone was turning it on and off very quickly.  Went to turn on the lights to see what was going on, and nothing.  Looked outside, and not only was the entire block in the dark, but there were sparks and smoke spewing out of all the manholes on the block.  Big underground fire right after that.  ConEd showed up about the same time as FDNY.

No power for 3 days.  So no heat either since the boiler control and thermostat are electric.  Single digits night temperature outside.  Boy, was I happy to have what is probably the only studio apartment with a wood burning fireplace in this city.  But I was pleasantly surprised by ConEd.  Quick response, and those guys worked non-stop for 4 full days.  I even forgive them for parking their generator truck just a few feet from my one and only window.
 
2014-02-19 05:12:31 PM  

DarkVader: cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.

Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!


That pun was revolting.
 
2014-02-19 05:14:14 PM  

Nexzus: One time I turned into a dog and they helped me.


...and one time, Nick Danger turned left into a great sandstone building... injuring his nose.
 
2014-02-19 05:17:07 PM  
It's to test a new battery less Tesla car.
 
2014-02-19 05:18:15 PM  

nanim: ftfa: Con Edison says roving crews first noticed the problem at about 4 a.m.

NYC has roving gangs of utility workers out at night? Vampirtricians?


Sure, why not? Thats prime tripple-OT pay.


Dogs getting cooked on manhole covers happens every year here. Thats what you get when you were one of the first cities to have electricity and you are still working off the same backbone
 
2014-02-19 05:19:05 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: DarkVader: cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.

Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!

That pun was revolting.


Yep.

And NYC could use some de-volting about now.
 
2014-02-19 05:19:16 PM  
This is what happens when you don't spay or neuter your electrons.
 
2014-02-19 05:22:25 PM  
I'm really amped for this.
 
2014-02-19 05:27:34 PM  
Good lord, that was a poorly written article.
 
2014-02-19 05:28:03 PM  
Tell him about the twinkie.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-19 05:30:36 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: This is what happens when you don't spay or neuter your electrons.


Yeah, but who can blame you for kickin' 'em out the door? Damn things are always so negative.
 
2014-02-19 05:37:04 PM  
I doubt it, subby. They're probably charging those businesses for the power leak. Hopefully for them it was before the meter.
 
2014-02-19 05:39:07 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

Danger! Danger! High Voltage!

/When we touch
//When we kiss
 
2014-02-19 05:40:22 PM  
Didn't this happen in DC?
 
2014-02-19 05:42:25 PM  
This is why we need to move power lines onto poles. Until there is an ice storm. Then we move them underground. Until there is a flood. Then we move them onto poles.....

Repeat as required.
 
2014-02-19 05:43:26 PM  
Checking manholes. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2014-02-19 05:46:07 PM  
This is exactly the sort of thing I like to point out whenever someone asks why we don't put all power lines underground. Underground lines have advantages, especially in dense urban areas but they are not a panacea with no disadvantages.

In addition to the far higher cost, when something does go wrong it's harder to detect and a much greater effort to repair.
 
2014-02-19 05:54:40 PM  

tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..


It IS a piss-stained shiatehole, it just happens to be one of my favorite piss-stained shiateholes in the world.
 
2014-02-19 06:05:33 PM  
i'd pay to see "Stray Voltage" in concert though
 
2014-02-19 06:09:32 PM  
Seen earlier that morning

dc348.4shared.com
 
2014-02-19 07:43:26 PM  
now all the mining farms are going to move to NY
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-02-19 07:53:17 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: DarkVader: cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.

Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!

That pun was revolting.


I agree. I was positively revolting.
I hate such negative postings.
I think subby should be subjected to battery for his apparent disconnect.
Myself I find resistance to such nonsense is difficult.
Watts wrong with people these days? Absolutely shocking.
 
2014-02-19 08:01:22 PM  
Crrank up the voltage and look for the smoke
 
2014-02-19 08:23:46 PM  
I'm very curious as to how this could happen.  What with the article's "electrified doors and manhole covers", and Joe Peanut's post, it is not an electrical phenomenon I have ever heard of.

All I can think of is some kind of super massive solar flare.  Or an EMP.
 
2014-02-19 08:24:33 PM  
Has anyone strange been digging around there?

www.theraffon.net
 
2014-02-19 09:12:30 PM  

moeburn: I'm very curious as to how this could happen.  What with the article's "electrified doors and manhole covers", and Joe Peanut's post, it is not an electrical phenomenon I have ever heard of.

All I can think of is some kind of super massive solar flare.  Or an EMP.


Salt from all the snow combined with nearly 100 year old underground electrical infrastructure equals big bada-boom!

Serious.  Underground electrical fires in winter is nothing new in NYC.

And the area in the original link is home to several subway lines plus the Path train.  I think some Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains might run under there as well.  Lots of very high power lines down there.  With some salty water corroding the wires and making the connection with, say, the tunnel system beams or any other large series of metallic parts such as pipes, that could easily account for a lot of juice traveling to the buildings nearby.

Or it could be aliens.
 
2014-02-19 10:21:47 PM  

gja: UrukHaiGuyz: DarkVader: cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.

Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!

That pun was revolting.

I agree. I was positively revolting.
I hate such negative postings.
I think subby should be subjected to battery for his apparent disconnect.
Myself I find resistance to such nonsense is difficult.
Watts wrong with people these days? Absolutely shocking.


quit it.  you're going to get him all amped up.  Then, he'll kick you in the joules.  Which is a bad ohmen, and a form of resistance.
 
2014-02-19 10:26:27 PM  
Huh, didn't realize con ed was using Verizon lines to run power.

/Yes, I know all your phone lines just went down. It is raining outside
 
2014-02-19 10:28:29 PM  
"A combination of salt and water, from all of the snow melting, both act as possible conductors of electricity."

WHO EDITS (or not) THIS TRIPE??!! I now have a splitting headache.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-02-19 10:39:53 PM  

Go Fornicate Without a Partner: gja: UrukHaiGuyz: DarkVader: cgraves67: tripleseven: Cue the "NYC is a piss stained shiathole" flyover morons in 3,2,1..

"Come to New York. Get electrocuted on the sidewalk." is not exactly a sparkling sales pitch for your city.

Maybe not, but it sure can be a sparking one!

That pun was revolting.

I agree. I was positively revolting.
I hate such negative postings.
I think subby should be subjected to battery for his apparent disconnect.
Myself I find resistance to such nonsense is difficult.
Watts wrong with people these days? Absolutely shocking.

quit it.  you're going to get him all amped up.  Then, he'll kick you in the joules.  Which is a bad ohmen, and a form of resistance.


Hey! I'm just trying to keep everyone current. It's no good to try to insulate yourself from the world.
 
2014-02-19 10:42:58 PM  

dukeblue219: What the hell happened? Is the whole two-block area not connected to a true Earth ground but instead wired together in such a way that it could be shorted to a live wire? I mean, it sounds like a ground problem if they're worried about doors and the street itself being electrified.


It's a simple, yet very complicated problem involving the old "path of least resistance" cliche. Most modern electrical systems are grounded, i.e. all voltages in a system have a ground reference. Therefore, any electrical potential that makes it outside of an insulating medium will seek ground as a return.

If the ground is reached via a circuitous route, say across a wet street, up an iron railing and into a planter, anything along the route becomes a conductor. If you stand in the path with your feet apart and the resistance is low enough, you will get a shock (this is called 'step voltage.') Similarly, if you stand on a grounded surface and touch something energized above ground potential, you will get a shock (this is called 'touch voltage.') Understandably, these are important issues in an electrical substation, which is why all equipment housings, fencing, buildings, etc. in a substation - basically anything metal that's not part of the electrical system - are solidly strapped to a copper 'ground grid' right under the surface of the ground in the station. Also, the soil in a substation is normally covered with several inches of heavy gravel. The gravel insulates one somewhat (unless of course things are wet) and reduces the possibility of personnel encountering step or touch voltages induced from high-voltage conductors energized overhead and in the racks.

For what I feel is the all-time best eyewitness account of an egregious case of an electrical grounding phenomenon, check this out. http://www.electronicspoint.com/electric-nightmare-story-1973-really- i nteresting-but-feasible-t117296.html It is a Reader's Digest article from 1973, which is one of the things that started my lifelong interest with electricity and electronics as a six year old. It is probably embellised and is quite scary, but it is a great read.
 
2014-02-19 10:58:58 PM  
Eh. If it's National Grid they'll still charge for the electricity.
 
2014-02-20 12:18:10 AM  
I blame the invisible man.
 
2014-02-20 05:41:57 AM  
"Ground" isn't that good of a conductor.  In places that have lots of clay, it gets down right spooky trying to figure the mathematics of how to model it.  When things manage to get close to the very high voltage lines out in the country, the cows will walk up to it and the voltage between their front and back is enough to kill them.  Of course other cows come out to check out what is going on and the power company ends up buying lots of ground beef.  The problem in NYC is that no one knows where some of those high voltage lines are.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-02-20 06:56:55 AM  

Ionessa: Eh. If it's National Grid they'll still charge for the electricity.


Oh, you know it.
 
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