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More leaning poles #141710 10/15/04 05:16 PM
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With apologies for the lousy quality pics, but my cheapo camera doesn't do well in anything but bright conditions and as you can see from the sky, today was rather gloomy!

There are only telephone lines on these poles, but just look how much they're off-vertical on this curve. A couple of the poles have already been guyed to poles on the opposite side of the road, and those poles themselves are also guyed into the adjoining field.

Yes, they really do lean as much as they appear to in these photos!

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Re: More leaning poles #141711 10/16/04 12:23 PM
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Paul,
From them 2 pics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the ground was a bit unstable in this area.
What sort of telephone cables are those on the pole?, they look rather heavy.
Mind you, it never is easy to support wires of any sort, where they follow the bend in a road, the tighter the bend, the higher the forces on the pole and the better the bracing/guying needs to be.
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but my cheapo camera doesn't do well in anything but bright conditions
Your camera must have been more expensive than mine Paul, at least your pictures are in focus!. [Linked Image]
BTW, your sky looks just the same as ours over here at the moment.

Re: More leaning poles #141712 10/17/04 09:41 AM
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I wish I had had my camera handy whilst travelling through Scotland. Unfortunately it was in the back of the truck.

We were working up near Wick - ten steps from the end of the UK [Linked Image] - in a very peaty area. One supply line disappearing off into the unknown was marching right across a peat bog. Although in a straight line, the natural heave in the bog and the constant gale perpendicular to the run had had an interesting effect on the poles!

I kid you not when I say that they must have been a full 35deg from the true - substantial case of verticulitis!! [Linked Image]

Some had been stayed, though I noticed that one such stay had pulled from the ground! I guess nobody was worried; perhaps they had reached their point of equilibrium with the forces of nature, and the conductors were still out of reach!!!


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Re: More leaning poles #141713 10/17/04 02:47 PM
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What sort of telephone cables are those on the pole?,
They're big multi-pair bundles carrying the lines into the village of East Ruston, which starts about a half-mile further down the road in the second photo.

The land either side of the road at this point is just farmland, but as you can see from the water lying at the roadside in the first pic, drainage here is pretty poor. In fact the drainage on rural backlanes in this whole local area is almost non-existant, as it seems that nobody keep the old drainage channels clear any more. [Linked Image]


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I kid you not when I say that they must have been a full 35deg from the true - substantial case of verticulitis!!
They grow a hardy bunch of poles up there! Makes our Sassenach ones down here seem positively upright! [Linked Image]

Re: More leaning poles #141714 10/18/04 02:25 PM
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They grow a hardy bunch of poles up there! Makes our Sassenach ones down here seem positively upright!

ROTFL!! [Linked Image]


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