Getting close to Gerrit's place (general discussion)

by tacon1, Monday, February 12, 2018, 17:01 (11 days ago)

New pole going in right next door to his place. He's hoping for power within a week!

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by ma10, Monday, February 12, 2018, 18:03 (11 days ago) @ tacon1

BTDT...stuck a whole lotta them sticks in the ground back in the day. here's hopin' G&P can turn their lights on real soon.

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by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Monday, February 12, 2018, 18:14 (11 days ago) @ ma10

Mike, how deep do they set those things?

I've often wondered about that, around here, ledge can be right on the surface. Doesn't seem to stop them tho, there's a pole every 100 feet or so, ledge or no ledge. Must have some pretty impressive equipment.

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by ma10, Monday, February 12, 2018, 18:35 (11 days ago) @ Fawteen

if i 'member right, 30' poles and less...5 feet. 35' to 45'...6 feet. 45's were about as tall as we set so i'm not sure after that.

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by Dieselrider ⌂, West Central, PA, Monday, February 12, 2018, 19:32 (11 days ago) @ Fawteen

Bit of a story on that: Seems there were a group of Pollocks (can insert any ethnicity or group you want here) came looking for a job setting telephone poles. Supervisor decided to give em a shot and told them where to start. First day on the job the crew put in 5 poles. Supervisor thought they were still getting the hang of it and they would pick it up.

next day they only set 4 and the supervisor was a bit worried but, thought he'd let it go and see.

Third day they only got in 4 again. Supervisor called em aside and asked what the problem was. Most crews were setting 8-10 poles a day. The crew leader said " we didn't want to say anything and get those other guys in trouble but, did you know they are letting those poles up out of the ground about 20- 30 feet?"

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by ma10, Monday, February 12, 2018, 20:43 (11 days ago) @ Dieselrider

i always swore the last pole i set i'd set upside down...unfortunately i never got the chance.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 06:44 (10 days ago) @ Fawteen

This one went in like 8'.

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by ma10, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 07:23 (10 days ago) @ Gerrit

This one went in like 8'.

i'm sure there's different specs for different ground types and things. naybe they set them deeper where you are. also...i can't tell how tall that pole is. there's a brand on it that will tell you the length and class based on diameter. for example, a 45/4 would be a 45 foot class four pole. the lower the class number the larger the diameter.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 16:52 (10 days ago) @ ma10

there's a brand on it that will tell you the length and class based on diameter. for example, a 45/4 would be a 45 foot class four pole. the lower the class number the larger the diameter.

I'll check that tomorrow.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 10:27 (9 days ago) @ ma10

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40' right?

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by ma10, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:54 (9 days ago) @ Gerrit

40' right?

yup....40 foot class 4. how high above ground level is that brand? if it's at about 6 feet it's about 6 feet in the ground. dig that by hand with chopsticks (hand worked post hole diggers with 10 foot long handles) in hard dry clay.....fun.

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by Wylie, Other side of The Big Pond, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:10 (9 days ago) @ ma10

40' right?


yup....40 foot class 4. how high above ground level is that brand? if it's at about 6 feet it's about 6 feet in the ground. dig that by hand with chopsticks (hand worked post hole diggers with 10 foot long handles) in hard dry clay.....fun.

If your electric companies are anything like ours they would have one bloke digging and 8 to 10 guys standing around watching. DOH

WYLIE

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 17:40 (9 days ago) @ Wylie

If your electric companies are anything like ours they would have one bloke digging and 8 to 10 guys standing around watching. DOH

That sounds like our local utility company. These guys (from a Florida based company) worked efficiently as a team, I was impressed how fast they got that hole made and the pole in.

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by Gerrit ⌂, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 17:38 (9 days ago) @ ma10

yup....40 foot class 4. how high above ground level is that brand? if it's at about 6 feet it's about 6 feet in the ground. dig that by hand with chopsticks (hand worked post hole diggers with 10 foot long handles) in hard dry clay.....fun.

Like 5'.
They started digging by hand, then with chopsticks and after that a drill on the truck. Didn't take them long to get that pole in. :-)

This type of drill:

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