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A gallery of electrical cabling gone wild

We live in Sweden, a very organized country when it comes to things like infrastructure, electricity, etc. However, there are some countries that have a more “organic” approach to their cabling…

Here are some of the most insane examples of electrical (and phone?) cabling that we have found. Imagine being the electrician called in to fix a problem with that wiring. You’d get the wonderful opportunity to get both electrocuted AND entangled. :)


Photo by Dave Nix (My name is Dave on Flickr).


Photo by Jeremy (Famous People on Flickr).


Photo by Travis (Travois on Flickr).


Photo by Nick (jpnick on Flickr).


Photo by Alaya on Flickr. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Photo by Kelly Cheng. Delhi, India.


Photo by Rebecca Desmots (Bec@ on Flickr).


Photo by Ryan Greenberg.


Photo by Ewa (Noelii on Flickr). Delhi, India.


Photo by Christopher (Augapfel on Flickr).


Photo by Gianpaolo Fusari (wazuluwazu on Flickr).


Photo by crisintis on Flickr. Kobe, Japan.


Photo by Pingdom’s very own CEO, Sam Nurmi. Bangkok, Thailand.



21 comments
Kop
Kop

And to think, if Thomas Edison had had his way, each of those power lines would have to be a foot in diameter.

John
John

Actually, a majority of these are telephone wires, not electrical...

bah
bah

most of the poles in the pictures are steel. And the location is most likely a junction area that connects several systems. I don't think they look all too complicated.

Suhaib Malik
Suhaib Malik

Hats off to them who troubleshoot under this condition

Electrical Rewiring
Electrical Rewiring

I think,more electrical cables will provide more electrical problems.

end23
end23

Amazing Thailand

Alexander
Alexander

This is a fine collection - perhaps next time around visit Hanoi and Manila. They have some amazing systems which will awe your understanding of science - that wooden poles can manage to bear such weight and that power manages to get through despite so much splicing. Then again, some areas in those cities are prone to brownouts.

Adam
Adam

Lesserdevil, that was just silly. Electrical tape does not guranatee isolation :O

lesserdevil
lesserdevil

@_ck_: New Orleans, United States. I got sick of being in the dark followin Katrina. The grid was on, but the electric company wasn't turning on houses without inspections. I popped open the meter box and hammered conductive plate metal into place on both sides, and voila, instant free electricity. Then came a stormy day weeks after that. The power went out. I went to check the plate metal hack. One of them had, indeed, slipped out of place somehow. I attempted to put it back into place with a pair of pliers wrapped in electrical tape, while I was standing in a puddle of rain water. I woke up a few minutes later. Witnesses said the arc was so bright they thought sure I was dead. And that's th story of how I learned never to play with electricity again.

guest
guest

This looks like some of the cable/phone poles wired by the dopeheads that work for Time-Warner in Queens and Brooklyn.

Bob
Bob

Yip, this is electricity, phone and cable tv wiring at it's best. It's often when the electrician (or cable installer) comes out to fix a problem or install a new connection that makes this worse. They look at the mess on the pole above them, and decide that installing a new cable is a better idea than trying to find the fault.

Rick
Rick

What is the static load bearing capability of a utility pole? I'm sure that some of these poles are near that limit. If one of these poles goes, I wouldn't be surprised if the whole local network of poles go down like dominoes tied together with string.

Nick
Nick

Awesome collection. Hats off to all the photographers. :)

_ck_
_ck_

Some of those look like "end-user patches" to get free power. There was a story on PBS where they were trying to get people used to the idea of paying for power (in Russia I believe) when they were used to getting it for free under the old communist ways. People refused to pay (and really could barely afford to in the first place). The power company people would go out and find these very scary nests of hacks to steal power - sometimes they would find dead bodies where people had electrocuted themselves accidentally :(

Stormy
Stormy

Wow... All I can say is wow. That looks worse than my hair on a Sunday morning! :D

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