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A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: Don C
Date: August 31, 2022 11:02PM
Several of the telephone poles around here have a copper wire running down the side to about 6' above ground where it has been cut off. There is evidence that at one time the wire rant to the ground. I assume that this was to allow lightning striking the pole a safe path to the ground.

What has changed that made this safety feature no longer necessary?

Maybe that copper wire had a different purpose.

Or maybe the threat to any give pole is not really as severe as once thought.

Or maybe there is another way to mitigate a strike.

I suppose someone could just be cutting off the wire to steal the copper, but all of the cuts are at the same height, suggesting a systematic removal.

What say ye?
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 31, 2022 11:15PM
Theft?



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 31, 2022 11:18PM
I thought I remembered this being asked recently....

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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: August 31, 2022 11:20PM
The ground wire runs along the side of the pole into the ground. It's required.

The "guy wire" comes off at an angle and is for stability. It's optional.

You're saying that it looks like people have been chopping off lengths of ground wire, probably stealing it to trade for cash? Yes, people do that. You should report it to the utility company. Without the ground wire, a surge or lightning strike is much more likely to damage your home.



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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: srf1957
Date: August 31, 2022 11:21PM
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GGD
I thought I remembered this being asked recently....

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You beat me to it . Was just looking it uo. Came back and you already posted .
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 31, 2022 11:48PM
Basically the first time you posted this question you were told call the utility company. Do that.
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 31, 2022 11:49PM
Call your utility to ask about it.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 01, 2022 12:24AM
Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 01, 2022 08:00AM
wire thieves are horrible people.
In my area the scrappers are hillbillies in beat up pickup trucks going around the night before trash pickup salvaging items people put out for pickup. I welcome that.
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 01, 2022 08:15AM
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Gulp. btfc, thanks for conducting a search. It’s shocking to know thieves would recklessly put people in danger for potentially such little gain. Probably we are going to have to go to concrete poles with imbedded grounds.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/01/2022 08:15AM by Speedy.
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: Don C
Date: September 01, 2022 08:51AM
Sorry for the repost. Obviously I forgot that I’d already asked the question.
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Re: A question about telephone poles, of all things
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 01, 2022 09:38PM
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Speedy
It’s shocking to know thieves would recklessly put people in danger for potentially such little gain.

I see what you did there.

Honestly, though, I can pretty much guarantee most of these mouth breathers have no inkling of the potential consequences of their actions.



It is what it is.
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