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Old 05-21-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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Can I built a wooden fence about 6in near it to seperate my lawn from neighbors
Sure, but you will really **** off the power company. They will cut out your posts with a chain saw. There was an idiot who drilled through a transformer box to mount a rain gauge. Not sure if he was stuck with the bill to replace the transorfer or not.

You also run the risk of hitting an electrical line which would knock you on your ass and could even kill you. All this for a fence? 7200 volts or 480 volts neither are to be trifled with.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:33 PM
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Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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I'm considering buying a house with one of those green electrical transformer boxes in the front yard. ...thoughts on how much EMF's these transformer boxes produce? What are the health risks of living so close to one of these boxes? Given that I will be pregnant in the next few years, this is also a concern.
Wrap your stomach in aluminum foil and you will be OK.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:35 PM
 
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If it got hit by lightening and blew up is there hazardous materials to be concerned about? That is what happened at my wife's school. I am concerned about the kids.
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:24 PM
 
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If it got hit by lightening and blew up is there hazardous materials to be concerned about? That is what happened at my wife's school. I am concerned about the kids.
No. The transformers have basically mineral oil in them. The days of nasty stuff have been gone for 40 years.
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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Here is a photo of it. Can anyone clarify further exactly what this is?

If it's on your property it should pay rent.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:21 PM
 
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Just to day the electric comp and some environmental group and a whole lotta trucks showed up at the big green box across the street, all I got was there was a leak, then they removed 5-55gal drums of dirt whitch they sealed, contaminated some how, never gave it a thought till now. Yep a bit courious what could have leaked
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:23 PM
 
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Mineral oil thank you!
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:16 PM
 
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My question is: how can I find out if these types of transformers emit EMFs and/or any other kind of harmful electromagnetic fields. It is very close to the house which is why I have concerns.
I don't think it is a stupid question, and here is your best answer.

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Are transformers a problem?
In regard to transformers on poles and transformers on the ground in residential neighborhoods, probably not. The magnetic field is very high close to these units, but drops off rapidly as one moves away. At 4 to 5 feet the field is usually down to background levels, and people are seldom that close for a significant period of time.
So don't spend more than a half hour within 5 feet of the transformer. If you must garden the shrubbery that obscures the box, then do it in stages.

The problem is that electricity can only be transmitted a maximum of roughly 250-300 feet at the voltage you use in your house. So the electric company usually transmits into a residential neighborhood at 30 times higher voltage. But when it comes close to your home it must be stepped down (or transformed) into a lower voltage. While it is possible to have a single transformer that steps down the voltage to just one home (about a 150 pound device usually attached to a utility pole) that is not very economic. So your green box is probably stepping down the voltage for 4-6 nearby homes.

As to whose yard gets the box, it is more or less the luck of the draw, and part of the engineering of the original development.

Transformers that hang on utility poles are often called "pole pigs" because people think they look like a pig with curly tails and ears.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_q-sehBv1kz...w_pig_full.jpg
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:43 PM
 
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This thread was started in April of 2010. I think the OP has died from radiation exposure by now...
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Warren County NJ
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I wonder how that residential transformer EMF would compare to this stuff:

//www.city-data.com/forum/scien...generator.html


Last edited by Tantalust; 08-22-2016 at 05:59 AM.. Reason: I forget
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