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    For the record, this is a cell tower site on my neighbor's property. This thing showed up about the same time as some cable was buried across my land without my knowledge or consent.

    If anyone can help me out with the name, or any other info I may need, it'll be much appreciated!

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    Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

    Hi and welcome to the forum:
    That item goes by a number of names:
    It can be called a
    SAI, Serving Area Interface,
    a "Big Terminal Block"
    B-Boxes
    Cross Connect Boxes,
    APs or Access Points, or (Access Panels)
    Pad Mounted J-Box
    Pad Mounted Enclosures
    Pedestal Enclosures
    Pedestal Cabinets,
    of just "Pedestal"
    Some of the names refer only to POTS equipment
    some refer to POTS and Sparky equipment,
    some refer to POTS and Sparky and CATV equipment,
    but anyone in any of the particulars would recognize the term "Pedestal" as the thing in the pix.
    Hope this helps.
    BTW, I know you posted that this showed up on your property, but I am making an educated guess here that somewhere in the legal description of the land, there is a utility easement allowing for this placement. I could be wrong on that, but it would behove you to make absolute sure that it is illegally placed BEFORE you call/write/e-mail, etc. and say that the thing is illegal. I'm not trying to give you a hard time, I'm just trying to point out that there may be circumstances that have not come to light yet. Either way, let us know how this all comes out. I am interested in the outcome. And I'll be glad to give you some more info if you have more questions. Please ask. Lots of really good, knowledgeable people on here.
    Cheers and good luck,
    Jim Don

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    • #3
      Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

      Hello, Interesting topic, I've always wondered what those green things are called. Also what they do, thanks for the tips.

      ****Sam*****

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      • #4
        Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

        CATV uses peds to house taps and amplifiers. A tap "tap"s the cable plant so a tech can hook up an underground wire to bring service to a home. If that pedestal (in pic) says anything related to TV, then I bet it's actually an amp.

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        • #5
          Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

          My guess would be a phone company ped... its to small to be electrical and a cell tower would probably need hardwired phone lines.

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          • #6
            Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

            So, what exactly is that "GREEN" thing do, and what is it for??

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            • #7
              Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

              Its a splice point between the underground wire and the building. If the wires from the building are pulled into it, then the utility does not have to enter the compound to bring service to the cell tower. They just connect the lines in the pedestal.

              In the city I am in, most the cell towers are connected by microwave links so I bet its a power utility pedestal, especially being next to the emergency gen set.

              What looks to be a telephone pedestal is next to the utility pole in the front of the picture.

              If its electrical there may be a sticker on it saying who it belongs to with an emergency contact number. That may not go on until everything is all spliced and inspected.
              Last edited by mbhydro; 07-28-2010, 07:09 PM. Reason: more info

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              • #8
                Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

                My question is irrelevant to the post but here it is :

                which ridgid tool would you use to break open the
                denver boot that is fitted to the generator ?

                My bet about the pedestal , it is a geodesic marker .

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                • #9
                  Re: What is the technical name for this thing?

                  Originally posted by Eloi View Post
                  My question is irrelevant to the post but here it is :

                  which ridgid tool would you use to break open the
                  denver boot that is fitted to the generator ?

                  My bet about the pedestal , it is a geodesic marker .
                  7 inch angle grinder with a metal cutting disc
                  http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/R1020-An...r/EN/index.htm

                  In the Army we would just use a little C4 - but it might make the generator a little inoperative

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