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OT: Cryptic writings

Started by bitrex December 15, 2014
Can anyone decipher what these mean?  They're on the sidewalk at
 the apartment complex my father lives in:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0

They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure.  There
 was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power
 and set off fire alarms throughout the complex.  I guess they did
 an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago
 when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the
 whole unit.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0

(Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to
 line wrap them for usenet...)

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On Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:57:12 -0500 (EST), bitrex
<bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote:

> >Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at > the apartment complex my father lives in: > >https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 > >They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There > was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power > and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did > an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago > when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the > whole unit. > >https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 > >(Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to > line wrap them for usenet...)
Various guys, from the cable TV or gas/water/sewage or power companies will occasionally trace their underground lines and make those marks on the street or sidewalk, prepatory to some maintenence. Expect some digging maybe. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc picosecond timing precision measurement jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com http://www.highlandtechnology.com
"bitrex" <bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote in message 
news:xfqdndscBJGRshLJnZ2dnUU7-e-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
> > Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at > the apartment complex my father lives in: > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 > > They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There > was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power > and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did > an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago > when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the > whole unit. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 > > (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to > line wrap them for usenet...) > > --
I don't know how standardized the colors are nationally but most of the time white is cable or phone, red is power, yellow is gas, and blue or green is water or sewer.
On Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:22:47 -0500, "Tom Miller"
<tmiller11147@verizon.net> wrote:

> >"bitrex" <bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote in message >news:xfqdndscBJGRshLJnZ2dnUU7-e-dnZ2d@earthlink.com... >> >> Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at >> the apartment complex my father lives in: >> >> https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 >> >> They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There >> was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power >> and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did >> an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago >> when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the >> whole unit. >> >> https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 >> >> (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to >> line wrap them for usenet...) >> >> -- >I don't know how standardized the colors are nationally but most of the >time white is cable or phone, red is power, yellow is gas, and blue or green >is water or sewer. >
Or more serious stuff: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53724080/SF/SidewalkGraffiti.JPG -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc picosecond timing precision measurement jlarkin att highlandtechnology dott com http://www.highlandtechnology.com
On 12/15/2014 4:03 PM, John Larkin wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:22:47 -0500, "Tom Miller" > <tmiller11147@verizon.net> wrote: > >> >> "bitrex" <bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote in message >> news:xfqdndscBJGRshLJnZ2dnUU7-e-dnZ2d@earthlink.com... >>> >>> Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at >>> the apartment complex my father lives in: >>> >>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 >>> >>> They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There >>> was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power >>> and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did >>> an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago >>> when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the >>> whole unit. >>> >>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 >>> >>> (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to >>> line wrap them for usenet...) >>> >>> -- >> I don't know how standardized the colors are nationally but most of the >> time white is cable or phone, red is power, yellow is gas, and blue or green >> is water or sewer. >> > > Or more serious stuff: > > https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/53724080/SF/SidewalkGraffiti.JPG > > >
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bitrex <bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote:
> Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at > the apartment complex my father lives in: > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 > > They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There > was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power > and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did > an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago > when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the > whole unit. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 > > (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to > line wrap them for usenet...)
PMH12120 (or whatever...) is Pad Mounted transformer H12120, ie: that big green thing in the second picture.
Tom Miller <tmiller11147@verizon.net> wrote:
> "bitrex" <bitrex@de.lete.earthlink.net> wrote in message > news:xfqdndscBJGRshLJnZ2dnUU7-e-dnZ2d@earthlink.com... > >> Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at >> the apartment complex my father lives in: >> >> https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0
As has been posted, PMH2120 is Pad Mounted transformer, number H2120, from your second picture. Pad Mounted means it goes on a concrete slab on the ground, as opposed to the kind that bolt to a pole. BSP might be the initials of the local power company, or might mean something like B--- SPlice. I don't know what the B might stand for.
> I don't know how standardized the colors are nationally but most of > the time white is cable or phone, red is power, yellow is gas, and > blue or green is water or sewer.
http://www.call811.com/faqs/default.aspx says... Red - Electric Orange - Communications, Telephone/CATV Blue - Potable Water Green - Sewer/Drainage Yellow - Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line Purple - Reclaimed Water White - Premark site of intended excavation For extra credit, add your own lines whenever these colors appear on a street near you. Also, http://www.jwz.org/gruntle/dig.html . Matt Roberds
bitrex wrote:
> > Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at > the apartment complex my father lives in: > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 > > They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There > was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power > and set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did > an interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago > when they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the > whole unit. > > https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 > > (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to > line wrap them for usenet...) >
Seems that "TO PMH 2120" refers to the xfmr pictured "K12120"; the "BSP" should be easily decodeable once the power provider name and maybe naming conventions are known.
On Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:31:58 -0800, Robert Baer wrote:

> bitrex wrote: >> >> Can anyone decipher what these mean? They're on the sidewalk at >> the apartment complex my father lives in: >> >> https://www.dropbox.com/s/bugki0amcoxa784/20141214_160457.jpg?dl=0 >> >> They're on the sidewalk near this transformer(?) enclosure. There >> was an explosion in it over the summer which knocked out power and >> set off fire alarms throughout the complex. I guess they did an >> interim repair then - the fresh earth is from a few weeks ago when >> they cut power to the complex for a day and replaced the whole unit. >> >> https://www.dropbox.com/s/apju4kjwnotnsh2/20141214_161115.jpg?dl=0 >> >> (Sorry if the links end up badly formatted - I've forgotten how to >> line wrap them for usenet...) >> > Seems that "TO PMH 2120" refers to the xfmr pictured "K12120"; the > "BSP" should be easily decodeable once the power provider name and maybe > naming conventions are known.
British Standard Pipe? That's a common type of thread form used for joining up conduit piping.
Maybe this is the other part:

Vhttp://www.parker.com/literature/Brass%20Products/Bul.%20PMH-XDT.pdf

*Maybe*