Huh. I thought this was a dead practice…


A lineman working with spikes and a belt. Didn’t know anybody still did that.

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8 Responses to Huh. I thought this was a dead practice…

  1. Robert says:

    Well, if’n ya can’t get the bucket truck where ya need it. Always wanted to try it on a dead pole; no desire to get anywhere near that stuff that hums ‘n crackles.

  2. Joel says:

    Given how careful they were being with insulators and such I did not have the impression it was a dead pole. They had two bucket trucks there but the one guy was using spikes so I guess there wasn’t room for two buckets. They transferred the lines from an old pole to a new one and then chainsawed down the old one in pieces.

  3. Tennessee Budd says:

    Cumberland Electric Membership Corp. (the little local outfit from which I buy my lightning) has a bunch of poles at their office, on which their linemen train, & occasionally hold competitions. Out in the sticks, at least, it’s still necessary. As Robert said, there are some places you can’t get a bucket truck.

  4. Pat Umaporn says:

    I’ll take beatings for $500, Alex.

    Treat it as though it’s live.

    Good equipment – gaffs and boots – reduce but do not eliminate the discomfort. Dress for the ride down and resist the urge to hug the pole on the way.

  5. Robert says:

    Joel: Oh, yeah, insulation is a good thing. Don’t you just love watching other people do stuff that no way in heck you would do? 🙂 Linemen earn their money. I led the local power guys to a cutout that was melting and clobbering the entire radio spectrum. The new guy went up the pole while the safety guy kept up the mantra “Remember, don’t put your arms over your head”. It was interesting. For a value of interesting that makes a certain orifice pucker slightly.

  6. Robert says:

    Pat: I never climbed but had an aquaintance that did. He said “burning a pole” meant he had to pick splinter out of his hide for waay too long. Apparently, one hugs a pole just once…

  7. Joel says:

    I climbed once, or tried to, just so I could say I had. Many years ago. Had a landscaper friend in Florida who used spikes to climb coconut palms that needed trimming. Turns out that climbing with spikes is one of those things a man without an ankle is absolutely not qualified to do. I got halfway up a respectable tree before I decided not to find out what hugging the tree feels like.

  8. W.Wilson says:

    Lean back and dig in. Do not hug the pole.

To the stake with the heretic!