LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12680 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
Apparently this is a common problem in the ex-soviet Union republics and within Russia itself. They are trying to steel the cables for resale to junk dealers for money to survive. Problem is that many have no idea about electricity, so put themselves in mortal danger.
MrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1485 times:
Bad idea - hot-tapping a live electrical line.
Worse idea - Hot-tapping a natural gas pipeline.
A friend of mine responded to a "loss of containment" event in Saskatchewan a few years ago, and found a 50 foot high column of flame, a pair of melted boots underneath it, and a cold chisel imbedded in a truck fender 100 feet away...appearantly, a farmer had tried to hot-tap the Trans-Canada pipeline to steal natural gas for his farm. Unfortunately, he didn't factor in the 1500 psi natural gas pressure, or the fact that the sparks from cold-chiselling his way into the pipeline (it's inch thick steel) would cause sparks that could potentially ignite the gas spewing forth from the newly created orifice.