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  • ELECTRICAL SERVICE DROP - CONTENTS: How to inspect the electrical service drop at a building. Sketches illustrate defects found when inspecting the Electrical Service Drop or Service Lateral bringing electrical power to a building - Electrical Service Drop Wire Clearances and Other Defects
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Electrical service drop inspection:

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Inspecting the Electrical Service Drop or Service Lateral bringing electrical power to a building

Sketch of the electrical service drop (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

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Electrical Service Drop Wire Clearances and Other Defects: U.S. & Canada

Service drop wire clearances (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Insufficient clearance distance of electrical wires over roof (C) Daniel Friedman

Our photo at above right illustrates inadequate or unsafe clearance of electrical wires over a building roof. The required clearances for electrical service drop wiring are listed here:

Other electrical service drop wiring defects include

Electric service drop clearances in Canada (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Sketches above are courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates.

Electrical Vocabulary & Terms for Residential Electrical Inspectors

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