Power Line to my house was broken

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Googled (actually used Bing) "telephone pole butt ground" and went to images.....
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it is a common practice here Coobie. Every pole, before it is set has a spiral wrap on the bottom of the pole with the #6 wire. Of course it is stapled all the way down the pole and then the spiral wrap on the bottom of the pole.
I thought I had mentioned this up thread but maybe I only thunk it. :unsure: :D

Years ago they were replace power poles in town, and before they put the poles in the ground, the poles were just laid out along the side of the road. I noticed that all of the poles had a copper wire running down the pole and at the bottom of the pole the wire was in a nice, neat coil. The coil and wire were stabled to the pole.

This was when copper theft was a big problem and I thought they were taking a chance leaving the poles out with that tempting copper just sitting there. Best I could tell, none was stolen. (y)

We have had so much growth, the "new" poles are being now replaced with bigger and taller poles. :eek:

Later,
Dan
 

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Great thread with lots of useful information.
 

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Never seen that before here in the north country ..
Me, either, but I wonder if it has a lot to do with the soil depth that you can expect a reasonable ground at. Soil that is too dry / too sandy / too rocky isn't going to function well.

Or do you think it has to do with grounding lightning strikes better?

Either way, this has been a really interesting thread. Thanks to everyone for contributing. Personally, I find it hard to believe that @EddieWalker is still partially wired...

All the best,

Peter
 
  
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Still not fixed. I'm hoping that with the rain coming fairly steady, the ground will remain wet and I'll continue to have a good ground until the fix it.

I've been wracking my brain to try and remember how they did the ground wire on the poles when they installed them. I remember seeing a guy unroll the copper and staple it to the pole when it was still laying on the ground, but I don't remember what he did with it at the bottom of the pole.
 

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Unreal. Just unreal.

I hope that you stay safe. With the rain, I certainly expect your home grounds to be going to stay in good shape.

All the best,

Peter
 
 
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