> Question to all. What is the prevailing thought about
> electric poles with a sledge hammer - as a trouble
As a consultant to utility companies in NW Ohio and SE
Michigan, I hit hundreds and hundreds of poles with hammers.
So did anyone else looking for problems. It was SOP, but
then everyone knew I was there to find a problem. There is
probably a very very small risk you might hit a rotten pole
or aggravate a problem, but with hundreds of pounds tension
already on the conductors and with the design of most
hardware it is extremely unlikely you'd ever cause a problem
that wasn't ready to let go any minute anyway. Probably the
worst situation is whacking a pole that has a loose hot
clamp. You can get chunks of molten metal to drop and that
can be a problem.
I would never ever shake a guy line, because that is risky.
Things that aren't supposed to bump can bump.
Whatever you do you have to remember it is someone else's
property. It's not always a good idea to do things without
the owner's permission.
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