Power supply in Rragam village - everything goes! And God save the local electricians!

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Comments (13)

c0l0gne1 on February 26, 2010

That does look "interesting"! I bet there are power failures every other day;-)

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 26, 2010

Truely nightmare of any safety technician!

c0l0gne1 on February 26, 2010

The ones I've seen in Patagonia weren't that much better. Even in Punta Arenas, a town of over 100.000 inhabitants and provincial capital the light did flicker all the time and once the power was completely off for some minutes....

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 26, 2010

Well, power distribution in this valley is "home made" but at least they have own sources (couple of small powerstations over creeks). I have heard that people in Albania suppose it's their human right to have enrgy access, although they don't pay for it. So they join to the wires... elsewhere. Situation is similar in favelas in Rio - nice exmaples here on pohotos by Maarten Outlet: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31318327 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31318546 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31318739 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/31320208

c0l0gne1 on February 26, 2010

I've read somewhere that they are trying to provide a decent legal and moderately priced power supply for some favelas to prevent the whole supply crashing.

Well, I suppose the Albanian's attitude is not surprising taking into account their history- it will take generations to change. Even in our country which has enjoyed democracy for a long time now, evading taxes is seen as a human right by many.

Martin Bozik on February 27, 2010

skutocne su vynaliezavi :) ta konstrukcia nema chybu :)

Maarten Outlet on February 28, 2010

Thank-you very kindly Tom for the reference!! This picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes...one for my favorites!!

Cheers, Maarten

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 28, 2010

Logs are favourite construction material in these villages...

Cheers, Tom

Umiyama 海山 on March 20, 2010

SHOCKING photograph!

I've seen some profound messes in Japan (taoy has a whole page of them here), but never anything nearly so DANGEROUS looking. I don't think I'd even want to be near the pole on a rainy day.

Cheers from the States! -Steve

Tomas K☼h☼ut on March 20, 2010

Hi Steve,

thank you for your link - I saw it! You can look at water and electrical installation in favelas in Rio - Maarten Outlet made some interesting photos here! (see links above).

Let's say - important is that it works for local people.

Cheers, Tom

Umiyama 海山 on March 23, 2010

Hello Tom,

Wow, some of Maarten Outlet's photos are simply amazing.

That said, I must admit my admiration for the ingenuity of the people who put this thing together. Looking closely at the full-size image, even the conductors appear to be fashioned from bits of twisted-together bailing wire. Actually rather impressive engineering.

Regards! -Steve

bReo on December 1, 2010

From which time is MacGyver working like electrician :D

Rainer Warzecha on June 4, 2013

Thats hot fun!!

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    by Tomas K☼h☼ut
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