- Telegraph poles & flood lights
I have two halogen floodlights on the top of a telegraph pole, used to light a yard. All works well, apart from when the bulbs blow and need changing. Guess what happened this weekend?
I want to change the bulbs and have a normal extension ladder. It is deemed too dangerous by the family to just lean the ladder against the telegraph pole and climb up.
I thought that there must be a “v” adapter / extender available to bolt to my ladder in order to give a safer way of leaning the ladder against the telegraph pole.
However, after searching I have only found £300 plus ladder systems or those spikes that lumberjacks use.
Any ideas what to use or tricks of the trade?
Thanks for any help.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
There are lots of bolt/ clamp on stabilisers including ones with a v shape for leaning against poles and corners of walls and giving a good stand off so that you’re not leaning back off them to work – its a matter though as to whether they match up with your existing ladders and will attach to them firmly.Posted 4 years agocheez0Member
I climb telegraph poles.
my ladder has a v shaped (approx. 120deg) moveable grippy piece at the top to sit around the pole, plus a rope to tie the ladder at the top to the pole.
you wont be able to buy one from BT but perhaps you could make up a V bit and mount to the top of your ladder * do it safely of course.
looking at the link above, we get issued with the ladder stopper( good on VERY flat ground) and the microlite standoff (good for walls)
while up the ladder/ pole, you need to strap yourself on too.
we have a fall arrest lanyard, plus a work belt which attaches to hips and goes around pole.
watch a new guy learning how to do it!Posted 4 years ago
How’s about just tying a rope around the pole and the top of the ladder, a work restraint belt or a climbing harness with a rope and a couple of carabiners to ho;d you close to the pole would help!Posted 4 years ago
Obviously this will get flamed upon by the H&S Gods on here!
Other question is have you checked that the pole is safe to climb with a ladder? So of the things I needed to look at when I was a BT engr back in the 80’s – did all the overhead construction courses.
Are there any obstructions within a metre or so of the pole? I.e spiked railings and the like.
Is the pole buried in the ground deep enough, for example a BT pole will have a 3 metre mark on it which should be at about head height or lower when you stand next to it. Is there a D label on it, if so the pole testing crew have already been around and deemed it dangerous and in need of replacement, do not climb.
Is it rotten? Get a metal hammer and start tapping at regular intervals all round and from ground level, nice metallic ring is OK, dull thud and chances are its rotten and will only need a good push to get it over.Posted 4 years agoRussell96Subscriber
Nothing compared to the steps on the really old poles that used to bend when you put weight on them, on a 90 footer you couldn’t even use your belt until you were near the top, there used to be a couple of them in Chester and they used to fill you with dread if you had a fault on one of them, knew guys who’d just pass a fault straight to u/g rather than climb them and prove it.
Are there still many Arsenic treated poles knocking about?Posted 4 years agouser-removedMember
Sorry for drifting off topic but there’s an industrial estate at the back of our house. One of the warehouses has a stupidly bright spotlight pointing at our house. Every so often I drink a few beers, get the airgun out and smash it. Guns and alcohol – the perfect marriage. Might this be what is occurring at your place?Posted 4 years ago
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