Just back from our Spring Work detail at camp in the mountains. And this year for a variety of almost unexplainable reasons, we had an 18" diameter, 30+' long utility pole to set in front of the cabin. We generally don't spend money on things we think we can do ourselves. Some of the more astute of you might just wonder at our wisdom.
Anyway, here is the short version of the plan. One of our members works for a utility company, and was able to lay claim to a pole that had never left the yard, but was deemed too old for Utility to use. So, our member claimed it and somehow got it loaded on a borrowed trailer. Two members brought respective SCUT (Kubota BX something and JD 1025), and a third member has a healthy winch on the front of his pick-up.
So, BX dug a 6' deep hole with a ramp trench on the one side. Lined up the traile with pole, put the proper fixtures, insulators, and connections on while still on the trailer. Then hooked the winch at about the 2/3's point up the pole and started pulling it off the trailer, and into the trench.
This video is kind of a boring version of the first couple minutes of the pull off trailer and into the trench toward the hole:
As you can see, the entire crew are thoroughly safety trained, and all feel fully qualified to manage such a project. Well, just to clarify, maybe not all.
This is a much shorter next video when we came perilously close to what farm boys know as "cow tipping" except with a Deere SCUT:
And ultimately, the two SCUT were able to manage the windage while the truck's winch managed the elevation.
Another almost 3 minute video but this one shows the pole going vertical, and in the right place:
I'd like to suggest the only smart guy was behind the camera (that was me). As you can see all necessary precautions were taken, all safety equipment was present, all possible outcomes were considered. Before dark, the pole was set, climbed, cable from top to ground installed, box on the ground installed and wired. Waiting for power company inspection and hopefully connection tomorrow.
All comments welcome; type what you want. Know that I made none of the decisions, and will not likely convince any of the actors to change their ways for our next project.