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Old 09-20-2008, 07:14 AM   #15
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There is a camping area that we have been to in Northern AZ that has these transmission lines a short distance away. You can hear them hum when you get close. When it rains they sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies when you add the milk.

I would not want to live close to one of them.



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Old 09-20-2008, 07:47 AM   #16
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are there any benefits (other than price) to living under the lines? do the clothes on the line dry faster or anything like that?

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Old 09-20-2008, 02:11 PM   #19
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Talk with the engineers at the company responsible for those transmission lines regarding likely conditions at that site during thunderstorms and other atmospheric abnormalities. A Bambi makes a heck of a big ground target during high humidity overload conditions. For safety's sake, 100 yards may not be adequate to prevent arcing to ground Only the folks responsible for preventing such an occurrence can give an adequate answer...



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Old 09-20-2008, 06:58 PM   #20
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You read that right. EMF's or EMR's, the energy fields generated by power lines. In this case, I am looking at buying a property that has some nice features, as well as a good RV parking area. There are high voltage lines about 100 yards away. They are not visually obstrusive, just on the edge of the property.

Are there any electrical engineers out there that can shed some pro opinions on the subject of health risks and EMF's? How about the best way to measure the field and what level is acceptable?

And....about property value. How many of you would not want to buy near high voltage lines? Who cares??
Tetstream.....Take a look at the Edison Electric Institute site ( and search for EMF. They provide information to the utilities and have some information on EMF's. The bottom line is that there is doubt in most folks minds about the effects of EMF and it may cause a problem if you want to sell the property.
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:16 PM   #21
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as a lineman i work in extreme electro magnetic fields every day. probably thousands of times higher than any of you will ever experience.

statisticly our work group has no higher incidence with major medical problems than the average person.

you probably are at more risk with a cell phone next to your head. (that is if you are driving while using it!)

direct electrocution is still the highest risk for us. however, more of us get hurt driving to work than we do on the job.

take it for what it is worth.

as for the flash over theory, when a high voltage line shorts out to ground it always does it at the structure supporting the conductors. that is the shortest distance.

unless of course the wire breaks and hits the ground!

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oh yeah as far as property value goes you might want to avoid a potential campsite if there is one of these nearby!

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you might not get much sleep.

and although big power lines would seem more dangerous the ones in front of your house can cause more problems!

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and one of my favorites.

substations can be bad neighbors YouTube - 22kV-66kV Distribution transformer explodes!


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