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Non-Intrusive In Field Test For Wood Pole

01/15/2014 12:24 AM

Hi Friends,

Happy New Year!!!

I am looking for a "non-intrusive in field test for wood pole below ground condition assessment".

We drill a hole to determine condition of wood for the electricity distribution network poles. I am interested if you have developed/deployed more efficient techniques to inspect?

I am looking for a technique that is quick, reliable, cost efficient and provide condition of the wood both above ground and below ground. It will be even better if it gives trendable condition data. Thank you so much in advance for your comments / suggestions.

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Re: Non-intrusive in field test for wood pole

01/15/2014 8:51 AM

What - sodium octaborate tablets aren't in use?

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01/15/2014 10:02 AM

these work wonders

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01/15/2014 1:03 PM

Earth penetrating radar might be useful but I doubt you have the budget for that.

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01/16/2014 1:31 AM

A friend of mine who worked in the UK for the telephone company BT (British Telecom) told me that before they are allowed to climb a pole they MUST attend a two week course on pole safety.

One of the videos he mentioned and I've seen, is how to assess if the pole is good or not, by hitting it above ground with a very large hammer. The sound tells all.... and this practice STILL continues, even in the USA.

But being someone who likes a challenge, I found this link

http://www.vonaq.com/cxi-pt5000.html

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01/16/2014 1:51 AM

of course the other way to test a pole for strength and durability is this..

This also works!

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01/16/2014 5:18 AM

When you find this illusive butterfly, please let the world know, as of this date, the old fashioned lump-hammer-test, 'drill-a-hole-and-plug-the-hole-test', 'dig-the-soil-and -inspect-the-pole-butt-test' and 'give-it-a-good-shove-to-see-if-it-falls-over-test' are still in effect today.

Even seismic hammers have been tried and the safest way is the original ways. They are safe, but not as you want, cost efficient, and the inspections involve work, and common sense. Both of which are in short supply these days. Any good linesman knows his wood poles.

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