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Re: Utility Pole Woe
dexman #621730 07/03/18 12:29 AM
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Power company replaced a pole down the street from me at least 10 years ago. Today I see Verizon finally doing their transfer. As I pass I roll down my window and mention to them that it's only been10 years. "Better late than never" was the reply.

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Re: Utility Pole Woe
dexman #621733 07/03/18 01:36 AM
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We had double poles around town for quite a while. Eventually the town higher-ups got after all four providers to shift their lines over. Eventually Verizon and NStar (now Eversource) removed all of the dead wood.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the work to be fully completed around our block. Both poles were set by NET&T CO, so Verizon owns them. Utilities include:

Eversource (electricity)
Comcast (cable TV)
RCN (cable TV)
Verizon copper
Verizon fiber (FiOS)


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Re: Utility Pole Woe
dexman #621743 07/03/18 12:45 PM
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Woof those are some bad poles. New England Telephone & Telegraph, there's still plenty of those pole markers around my parts. Probably of the same age. Double poles are very common around here. Really the only time they got cleaned up was during the union strike a few years back. The contractors (scabs as the union called them) that Fairpoint hired needed busy work so they did a bunch of long delayed pole transfer work. It was refreshing. But now seems to be back to the old backlog. In fact, on a stretch of road near me, Fairpoint had poles on both sides of the road: old poles probably 50+ years old with only their plant on them, and new poles they had set a few years back with everyone else's attachments. The State DOT had said for 2 years that construction was coming to widen the road this spring, to increase the road surface, ditch, and put in a bunch of culverts. Fairpoint literally waited until 0 hour to do the transfers, paying I'm sure ridiculous overtime to have a guy in a bucket truck cut in new closures on every day of the week, including Sundays, for a month not including the construction team to run new 100pr or whatever they put up. They removed a bunch of long abandoned lead pulp cable too. Would have been nice to grab some before they hauled it off.

Another thing, probably the most important thing, is apparently they don't do pole inspections anymore. Rot like that doesn't happen overnight.

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dexman #621744 07/03/18 12:48 PM
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If the pole doesn't have butt rot but is leaning, they can apparently use expanding foam to "right" the pole. Check out this video, pretty neat stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jb2JyzHtjA

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dexman #621752 07/03/18 04:12 PM
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Power line pulled tight, no slack and a dead end pole with no guy, what do they expect? Wonder how long that will keep it straight? My bet is no better than doing the same thing and a good tamping.


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dexman #621760 07/03/18 09:34 PM
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The replacement pole has been set. Crew members said the replacement is 40' tall while the original is 35'. The new pole has a larger diameter.

Curious thing, the way the new pole is set, all service lines are on the sidewalk/inside of the pole. Service lines on the old pole are on the street/outside.

Is this now common practice to shift everything to the inside? eh


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dexman #621764 07/03/18 10:00 PM
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My opinion for what it's worth is they screwed up, more than likely it was easier to set the pole that way.


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justbill #621768 07/03/18 11:25 PM
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My opinion for what it's worth is they screwed up, more than likely it was easier to set the pole that way.

Probably just use the Cable Stretcher...it's in the back of the van next to the bag of Chin Nuts.


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