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#30010 - 09/28/03 08:09 PM Steel utility poles
Fred Offline

Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 461
Loc: Straughn, IN 47387
Wayne County (Richmond) Indiana started using steel utility poles a few years ago, especially in rural areas. Has anyone else seen them used in your respective areas? If so, what is your opinion? I know there are some obvious benefits versus wooden poles but I think there are just as many cons as pros. Thoughts please.

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#30011 - 09/28/03 08:23 PM Re: Steel utility poles
ga.sparky56 Offline

Registered: 11/24/02
Posts: 582
Loc: young harris georgia usa
They started using them here also.Best I can tell,they only use them for feeders to sub-stations.

I'm in rural NE Ga.

Btw,these poles are quite a bit taller than the regular wooden poles.


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#30012 - 09/28/03 11:49 PM Re: Steel utility poles
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
In the 60's over here, steel poles were installed and these were Hot-Dip Galvanised.
I've never experienced any problems with them.
But if I had a choice, I'd use Precast Concrete poles, biggest problem with steel poles is the fact that you have a Ground Reference next to your Lines, which can make live work, just that little bit more interesting!.
Having said that, for low voltage work, it's real handy to have that reference for voltage tests, other than use the Neutral wire.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#30013 - 09/29/03 12:16 PM Re: Steel utility poles
classicsat Offline

Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 449
Seen some on a backroad about 30 miles from here. Also a string of them running into London Ont, from the Longwoods transformer station.

#30014 - 09/29/03 11:33 PM Re: Steel utility poles
Big Jim Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 377
Loc: Denver, CO USA
The HV line near my house in on steel poles, not framed towers but poles. they are built in several tapered sections which slip together and are secured with bolts. This particular line has been in place for about 50 years and none of the old-timers in the neighborhood can remember it requiring any work. Similar vintage wood poles in the area are not in nearly as good of condition.

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