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Shane123 23 August 2014 29

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Hi guys

Whilst in Harrison yesterday, I noticed many of these mini green domes/pillars in front of every 4-6 houses.

What are they and are they safe for occupants (e.g. Do they emit dangerous levels of radiation or electromagnetic waves?)

I did a bit of research and understand they may be either a distribution link containing fuses or a transformer reducing power provided to nearby houses.

But I am not sure and would be interested to hear your views.

If you have a detailed description of what’s in them, that’ll be great!

Thanks

Shane


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Shane123 10:00 pm 26 Aug 14

theword said :

There is also some good chatter on the RiotACT facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-RiotACT/18998333849 – article posted on 24/8.

Thanks heaps for pointing this out! Didn’t even notice! Thanks,

tuco 6:51 pm 26 Aug 14

Shane123 said :

Rofl. If I knew there was so much fun in posting riot act articles, I’d do it more often.

Though I’d thought I get at least a couple of knowledgable responses.

Does anyone actually have a decent understanding of ACTs electricity grid to be able to respond? I did find an article from 2010 with some serious in depth answers.

It is though a stark contrast to what is being posted nearly 5 years on. I need to go make a post on whirlpool…

The electricity grid – the network – is a way of providing electricity – the juice – through a series of poles, wires and switchy things – the Teslas – to ensure equipment like toasters, VCRs and moustache curlers can operate in every Canberra household at least once a week. I think there is something else about meters, metres and meaters too. Stay tuned for more updates!

TFarquahar 11:59 am 26 Aug 14

Shane, if you procure an empty 4 litre icecream container, line it with aluminium foil and wear it on your head it will provide complete protection from any harmful emissions from the mysterious green boxes.

theword 7:54 am 26 Aug 14

There is also some good chatter on the RiotACT facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-RiotACT/18998333849 – article posted on 24/8.

Shane123 7:52 am 26 Aug 14

Great, thanks heaps wild turkey for your detailed response!

wildturkeycanoe 5:55 am 26 Aug 14

To make a serious reply, they are simply a tee-off point to bring power to around four houses from the underground mains that runs along the street. This tower has fuses, which protect the cabling to the houses it supplies. There is no transformer, it is all 415 volts and if hit by a car and broken, is definitely not safe to approach. I have seen one of these destroyed by a truck and simply left exposed. Had a child come along and decided to play with the exposed parts, it would have been a most unpleasant result. If anyone ever finds one of these covers missing and a whole heap of wires and shinny bits sitting there unprotected, call ACTEW immediately before someone finds out the hard way what several hundred amps of current does to the insides of a living being.

Shane123 11:06 pm 25 Aug 14

Rofl. If I knew there was so much fun in posting riot act articles, I’d do it more often.

Though I’d thought I get at least a couple of knowledgable responses.

Does anyone actually have a decent understanding of ACTs electricity grid to be able to respond? I did find an article from 2010 with some serious in depth answers.

It is though a stark contrast to what is being posted nearly 5 years on. I need to go make a post on whirlpool…

Masquara 9:11 pm 25 Aug 14

Needz wheatgrass around it instead of Astroturf. To absorb the harmful radiation.

bundah 8:00 pm 25 Aug 14

Maya123 said :

bundah said :

What a shocking puke green colour…

The box or the non-lawn?

The play on words was shocking if that helps…

Maya123 7:22 pm 25 Aug 14

bundah said :

What a shocking puke green colour…

The box or the non-lawn?

curmudgery 5:30 pm 25 Aug 14

They’re part of a balancing circuit. The ones in Tuggeranong say “RELAX. This equipment is DEAD.”

bundah 5:18 pm 25 Aug 14

What a shocking puke green colour…

Pork Hunt 4:56 pm 25 Aug 14

gazket said :

They are dog pee posts due to the lack of trees in the area .

That would be fun for all ages if there was one with a cracked cover…

gazket 3:39 pm 25 Aug 14

They are dog pee posts due to the lack of trees in the area .

Genie 1:24 pm 25 Aug 14

local1 said :

Dr Who’s new Tardis?

“The Doctor’s new TARDIS?”

There I fixed it for you…

switch 12:45 pm 25 Aug 14

p1 said :

Reptoid nesting boxes. If you have one out the front of your house, I’d recommend leaving bacon outside it from time to time, so the hatchlings grow up thinking you are a friend.

They only want you to think that until they’re big enough…

astrojax 12:41 pm 25 Aug 14

p1 said :

Reptoid nesting boxes. If you have one out the front of your house, I’d recommend leaving bacon outside it from time to time, so the hatchlings grow up thinking you are a friend.

i, for one, welcome our new reptoid overlords. and don’t visit gunghalin very often, so shan’t disturb their nesting sites.

yellowsnow 12:19 pm 25 Aug 14

I’m more concerned by the unnaturally green lawn surrounding the box. Looks almost radioactive. Is it real or fake turf? If the latter – it’s sad that these manufactured slivers of greenery pass for front lawns these days. Still I suppose its better than the weedy mess that LDA and other developers leave in new housing estates the days

p1 11:50 am 25 Aug 14

Reptoid nesting boxes. If you have one out the front of your house, I’d recommend leaving bacon outside it from time to time, so the hatchlings grow up thinking you are a friend.

Holden Caulfield 9:10 am 25 Aug 14

Thanks for the replies, I’m learning so much. I thought those green boxes were storage containers for emergency tin foil supplies in case you’d left your hat inside.

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