When a troubleshooter discovered that a 21kv main line switch in downtown Sacramento wasn’t closing correctly, a line crew from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District was called in to maintenance the switch and get it operating correctly. The crew consisted of linemen Rorry Malia, Justin Bates, and Paul Duncan, pre-apprentice Leif Boyd and foreman Lucas Raley.
“They found that the operating rod up at the bell crank was either loose, or it wasn’t installed correctly,” explained line crew foreman Lucas Raley. “So they were able to adjust that, and then minor adjustments at the handle were able to get a full close in order to engage the arc snuffers, at the load break portion of the switch. And now it’s fully operational.”
Photos by John Storey