Edison Trivia (No Hijack of thread intended)

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Posted by Select-O-Speed on November 26, 2019 at 10:42:14 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Re: Full house generators posted by Tim Daley(MI) on November 23, 2019 at 07:23:06:

A bit of Edison triva for you TPD. When Thomas Alva himself got the contact to illuminate New York City, the Edison Illuminating Company distributed Direct Current underground in the streets to the users. The method of transmission was conduits of Cast Iron pipe with copper strips embedded in Tar poured into the sections as insulation. Needless to say the poured tar contained voids that allowed the current to leak, especially in wet weather. At the time it became customary on a rainy day for spectators to gather on the sidewalks to watch the horse traffic jump and dance around from the leaking electricity on their shoes. Many years later after the conversion to AC, it was reported that a plumber was electrocuted when he was working on what he thought was a stopped up sewer pipe that actually was one of the old Edison conduits that was erroneously left connected to a buildings power service. Even to this day during excavations those old conduits are found. FWIW...SoS.


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