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Re: DC power versus AC power

  • From: Owen DeLong
  • Date: Sun Dec 29 22:12:28 2002

Absolutely. Often, there are more than a few hundred amps available.
Remember, many of those switch rooms were built to specs to drive a very
large number of solenoids, relays, etc. All relatively high-current
devices compared to today's solid state stuff. Alot of the specs were
never reduced, the rooms just got bigger, and the number of customers.
There's a reason the backbone is multiple copper plates and not just


--On Sunday, December 29, 2002 5:40 PM -0800 Scott Granados <[email protected]> wrote:

Is 48V DC at the amps present normallyin switch rooms etc enough to cause
electricucian?  I have seen bad things with wrenches dropped across
batteries even 12 volt car batteries although in this case it was a large
battery bank in a submarine but I was curious about the 48V sources in
switch rooms.

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Lesher" <[email protected]>
To: "nanog list" <[email protected]>
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 4:43 PM
Subject: Re: DC power versus AC power

Unnamed Administration sources reported that Michael Painter said:
> > > But, as Stephen already eluded to... Compared with an AC plant
design, to
> me, one of the biggest drawbacks of a DC plant is safety  (I have had
> to kick a fellow worker away from the rack before). <<
> What was the worker doing?  Is this 48 VDC?

Bet so.

And note, it's not just ISP's, of course. I heard that Sprint
PCS ha[s,d] a Dallas tech in critical condition and a dead switch
after a dropped wrench & resulting fire.

In the words of Phil Esterhaus:

Let's be careful out there....

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