Note, that this “making or breaking” of the electrical current is typically accomplished by someone with a “hot stick” from the local utility or a trained electrician.
The two most common types of load break switches are the 2 position switch and the 4 position switch.
The 2 Position Switch is exactly what it sounds like: on or off. That’s it! The 4 Position Switch, however, allows for a little more functionality. It’s used for a loop feed transformer.
The four positions are as follows:
Position 1 - A-side on and the transformer on (energized)
Position 2 - B-side on and the transformer on
Position 3 - A & B-side on and the transformer on
Position 4 - A & B-side on with the transformer off (not energized)
When the transformer is in Position 4 then it is just feeding through. The bushings are energized but the transformer itself is not.
Hope you found this information helpful and if you get a chance check out our short 1 min video that explains all this too.