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Over the years we have witnessed the quite astonishing lengths people will go to keep utility poles standing. In some cases, private users are responsible for maintaining poles. As a result, these private landowners look for the cheapest way to prevent having to replace the pole.
These photographs below show some of the many techniques used, sometimes dangerous and almost always unsightly!
We have seen quite a variety of techniques used. These include:
However, the most common method is splitting 45 gallon barrels.
These 45-gallon barrels are used by placing them around the pole and then filling them with concrete. With nothing in the ground, this relies on the weight of the concrete to keep the pole standing. This is an expensive and time-consuming process!
These types of repairs generally occur where the householder or property owner is responsible for the poles on their land. Refusing to pay the utility provider the cost of replacing the pole, leads them to resort to any number of methods to save money and keep the pole standing.
Looking for a low cost, proven and effective way of extending your wooden utility pole stocks life? Learn more about Polesaver Sleeves below.
Polesaver protection sleeves prevent ground rot in wood utility poles and increase pole life by +20 years from the start, regardless of wood preservative type.
Polesaver ground-line barrier sleeves are a dual-layer, high-performance sleeve that prevents ground rot in wooden utility poles and gives an expected utility pole life of 50 years.
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Richard is the founder and CEO of Polesaver. With over 26 years of experience in developing and testing Polesaver products, Richard is an expert when it comes to wood preservation.
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*Polesaver uses long term independent test data on the effectiveness of barrier sleeves and fire protection fabric to reach all the conclusions given on this website (test data available on request). Based on this data, Polesaver believes longer life, maintenance of strength over time, improved safety and reliability, extended inspection periods and reduced maintenance requirements are reasonable claims. This is subject to Polesaver products being correctly applied as per our instructions and used on correctly preservative treated (for long term in-ground use - use class 4 or higher) wooden utility poles that are free of decay at the time of sleeve application. The claims made, real or implied are not warranties. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate and satisfy themselves that the performance of the product meets their specific safety, reliability, extended inspection, repair and any other performance or cost-benefit criteria before using Polesaver sleeves or fire protection fabric.