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Rob Spence

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Re: "The transformer exploded!"
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2014, 05:44:19 pm »

I think you're right. I doubt transformers would contain phencyclidine (PCP), more commonly known as Angel Dust. I suppose the hallucinogenic effects of PCP could cause someone to think a transformer is exploding inside his head.

Yup, oops, darn spelling correkton.


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Re: "The transformer exploded!"
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2014, 05:47:07 pm »

Yup, oops, darn spelling correkton.


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You better be careful, while they are stealing the copper they will try and snort the transformer.

I have been in building basements that still have PCB transformers in the vault.  All sorts of signage.

My understanding is it was replaced with simple mineral oil.

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Jonathan Johnson

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Re: "The transformer exploded!"
« Reply #32 on: October 29, 2014, 06:55:37 pm »

I have been in building basements that still have PCB transformers in the vault.  All sorts of signage.

My understanding is it was replaced with simple mineral oil.

As I understand it, the oil containing PCBs had the advantage of being fire resistant. While mineral oil isn't known to be carcinogenic at incidental levels of exposure, it IS flammable.
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Re: "The transformer exploded!"
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2014, 06:09:48 am »

back in the 80's i was an electrician on a j.c. penny store in jackson missisppi. our company had a 45kva 480/208-120 3 phase transformer out side tied to a 480v service. one of the guys had built a little shed over it to keep the rain out. 2 guys would sit on the little shed and eat their lunch. after lunch we were working and all the power went out. after a few minutes i went outside and there were 2 holes in the front and back covers about 6" in dia iirc. the guts were a tiny mess of molten copper in the bottom. yep that one had copper coils. it blew up , isnt that awful. the foreman went a got another 45kva and no one went near it after that.
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