Safety tips for working with live wires overhead service 120/240V
I want to thank anyone who is willing to contribute to the details described below.
I am in the process of remodeling and completely rewiring my 1927 built home. The subject at hand is once I get my service inspection completed I will be required to move the live wires that are currently connected to my old (still active service) to the new service entrance. The utility company expects the customer (me) to temporally connect the service and then they will come over at their leisure to do a permanent connection. The entrance is an overhead feeder where the wires run about 10 feet from a sub pole to my weather head. The old service and new service entrance are about 1ft apart exiting on the roof of my house. There are no trees or obstructions present and because the wire is primarily a vertical drop there is very little tension on the lines. I consider this task within my comfort level, but would like to validate my plan and seek any advice from others as I am not an electrician and donÃ¯Â¿Â½t want to put myself in any more danger than required.
Here is the plan:
Prerequisite: Inspection is bought off and I am allowed to switch power to my new service.
Wearing my insulated leather gloves (heavy welding gloves), using insulated linemanÃ¯Â¿Â½s pliers I cut one of the 120v lines while holding onto the insulated part of the wire.
The while still holding on the cut line (to prevent grounding to the mast) I strip the wire using insulated wire strippers.
Next I simply insert the live wire into a 2 lug splice connector (2/0 copper THWN) and torque the lug holding the splice connector with a pair of insulated channel locks and an insulated 3/8 ratchet.
Lastly tape well using standard electrical tape.
After one connection completed I repeat the same procedure for the other 120v leg and then do the neutral last.
Note: I will be standing on my roof and not working from a ladder during the process.
I also will be wearing coveralls and a thick flannel shirt during this process just in case a wire slips out of my grasp it does not ground out on my body. I will also be very careful not to come in contact with the metal service mast or anything that would provide a path to ground via through my body.
Please let me know if anyone has any comments or suggestions. Any advice is appreciated.
Note: I am looking for advice on the best way practices to accomplish this task. I understand just like anything you do there comes inherent risk and that is why I am seeking the advice of others. Thus, please donÃ¯Â¿Â½t say this job is for a licensed electrician only.