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kenben
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

got these from my electrical co-op.Nice fellows there that loaded them for me.



 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

And what are you going to do with them?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i get them all the time. they are glad to get rid of them because they a classified as hazardous material the creosote on the bottom and other wise they have to pay to get rid of them
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now you have to plan a project for them! lol
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Great poles for a pole barn. Hope you dig them into the ground if you'r putting up a building. I see you have the ability with the TLB. Don't build it like Wilson did.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got a few from a line crew replacing poles here. When I got to them, many were rotten to the core! Inspect carefully before you use.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They come in handy for corner posts. Got some from a BTO a few years ago. He had to have the power line moved for a center pivot.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Make sure you check them before using. The local power company purchased some thousand poles about twenty years ago, treated with a 'woodlife' product to prevent rot. Within about five years, in the normal order of randomly checking them, and ordinary wear and tear, they discovered that, while they looked good on the outside, the interior of the poles had turned to a fine talc like powder. When they tried to get replacements from the company they had bought them from, they found out they had gone out of business, and wound up footing the entire bill to replace all of them. Most of the ones being pulled out look good, but almost all are defective. Just be careful.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

thanks for the info. iplan on building a pole barn to put my sawmill,couple tractors and implements.Anyone got any pictures of your pole barns.I would like to get some ideas.thanks again
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We do not give our poles to landowners for liability reasons, as others have said, be careful what you do with them. They are usually taken out of service due to structural defects. But they also get replaced for a bunch of other reasons as well.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can't build much with only six poles. Check them carefully. We got some given to us a couple of years ago. All we had to do was drag them out of the barrow pit and load them. Got them to the house and discovered they weren't good for much except for a real short corner post. Looked good on the outside tho.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not My building, Just hauled the Amish crew that put it up But heres some ideas.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They look to be in good shape and should be easy enough to check with a hammer. They will be hard to square up for a pole barn as they are never straight. Not sure if this will help trying to square them up, but the concave side of the pole will have the pole brand (burn with pole details), and the gain (flat part towards the top of the pole). Good luck.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:32 am    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got a story about hauling used poles from my Co-op years ago:
I borrowed a 12 ft. trailer (without brakes) and drove the 20 miles up to the pole yard, picked out some nice ones. There was only one lineman around, I pleaded with him to help me load with a line truck. He said he wasn't allowed to, but he would help me by hand. Well I had no other choice,so with a lot of back straining we loaded up the 6 or 8 poles. I knew that we must be doing it wrong by placing the pole butts toward the rear of trailer, but who was I to correct this guy who graciously volunteered his time. So I chained them down tight, paid the clerk and was on my way. I had not travelled 5 miles when I encountered a small downgrade and the trailer started fish-tailing. Now being young and dumb at the time, instead of accellerating, i braked. This action immediately swung my truck and trailer 180 degrees in the roadway. Talk about a wake-up call!!! I was really lucky that the was no other traffic on the road, and that I did not go off road over a 12 ft bank, and that no poles were spilled.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Look what I picked up today Reply to specific post Reply with quote

been there done that!dad retired from okla gas and electric. anytime he decided to build anything he would haul a bunch more poles and crossarms home. he got the bright idea once he would build him a hitch on the back of his old studebaker pickup and buy a old pole trailer that they were getting rid of at work. Well, he got it rigged up and loaded about twenty poles on the old trailer and started to the farm.the old trailer was one of those extendable ones that had two axles front and back,like a cotton trailer and a tounge about eight ft long with a old pintle hitch on it.OGE had used it behind a crawler tractor hauling poles off road. he made it pretty well because he didnt have to stop,but there was one really steep hill. i was about twelve and was following him in the old car. as soon as he hit the brakes that old trailer started whipping around and it finally hit the sand on the side of the road and turned over. luckily the rigged up hitch he had made snapped off the truck. of course when the trailer turned over the chains on the poles broke and they went all over the hyway. we rolled them down in the ditch to clear the road ,finally took what was left of the chains and pulled the trailer back over and drug it home. poles laid there until he finaly got down there with a old hydra lift and a proper trailer to pick them up. that pole trailer sat out in the pasture for probably thirty years until we finally cut it up for scrap. a few guys stopped wanting to buy it to haul pipe on but he never sold it ,told them it was a death trap!
 
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