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Old 08-19-2007, 09:33 AM
 
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Hi,

My husband and I are very interested in purchasing a house in Highland Creek, however after wandering around the property yesterday, we noticed that in the back of the property there is a LARGE Overhead Power Transmission line- does anyone have any info on the safety of these? I'm wondering if there are specific health concerns that we should be aware of...

Thanks
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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There are no health concerns documented or undocumented regarding these lines.

Unless it falls and one of your kids tries to jump rope with it, you should be fine.

That is a great neighborhood. Good luck--

EDIT: The studies in the Wikipedia article are debateable. People have been arguing about the risk for years.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:38 AM
 
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Electric power transmission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I think as long as the noise doesn't bother you and are not planning on having kids...
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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The only real problem is them falling down. Having them buried is a plus when you live in storm prone areas. That is the only issue I know.

If you are really, really worried, find another property. Liz
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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Don't do it. Why take the chance of you or your children developing Leukemia in the future?

The people who say there's no harm in this are probably the same people who think its harmless to inject mercury in babies...

If you want to roll the dice, go right ahead...

Also, ever try to sell your house directly under or right near a HV transmission line?? Talk to the agents in that new over 55+ development (sun city), Let them tell ya what they think of resale values...lol)...

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Old 08-19-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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It really depends on the distance of the lines to the homes. I am assuming we are talking about the large metal transmission lines not ones hook to telephone poles.

Duke Power usually has a buffer zone of the property they own around the lines and this buffer zone allows enough distance not to worry about the lines falling and safe distance between the homes and the lines.
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:13 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Even "if" the power lines are harmless, which I personally question.....it sure isn't a pretty sight. And as far as resale value goes..I could see where it may be more difficult to sell a home in that situation. I wouldn't care to live where I'd be looking at them!!
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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I wonder if this is what I saw. On my recent visit, I saw a neighborhood I really like. But there are these big tall steel or metal towers running through a field in the development. The towers look like pyramids and they are connected by cables or wires. I've been referring to them as power towers. Anyway, they're not visible from most of the homes because there are trees surrounding the field.

The subdivision is Overlook in Mountain Island Lake. Does anyone know if these towers have negatively impacted the homes there?
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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[quote=trmaoy;1311950]. But there are these big tall steel or metal towers running through a field in the development. The towers look like pyramids and they are connected by cables or wires.
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You mean this?

http://www.betaengineering.com/img/areasexpertise/TransmissionLines.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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I don't know it there is a difference in power lines from state to state, but the house I grew up in had a powerline running within ten feet of our house, all the houses in the neighborhood in fact had them that close. My parents owned the house since it was new, lived in it for sixty years. I and my siblings have no health issues and my parents lived into there late eighties, both passed of heart failure. Just a FYI.
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