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Blog entry by wichle posted 06-06-2010 07:25 AM 1303 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Traveling last weekend in Milwaukee, celebrating the Memorial Day Holiday, we were headed to Elliotts Ace Hardware store to buy some harware that I couldn’t find in SE Michigan. Running up 108th Street we spotted what looked like an impending disaster. A low helecopter headed for a high tension line.

On second look, an electrician suspended below the helicopter was working on one of the lines. I’ve run alot of wire, climbed towers, climbed poles but never did cable like this . . .nor do I think I would want to. Any takers out there

My apologies for this non wood working post, just thought y’all would be interested.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 07:27 AM

No thanks….Not even a little bit.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 07:48 AM

I don’t know what he is doing, but I don’t want any part of it ;-)0

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 01:12 PM

No thank you, maybe when I was a lot younger. Great picture.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 01:17 PM

The History channel had a great story on these guys. I think it had been Modern Marvels. The wear special suits and climb out onto the wires to replace insulators.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 01:48 PM

well, actually in this particular instance that guy (no pun intended) is working on the ground conductor (shield wire or overhead earth wire).
A ground conductor is a conductor that is usually grounded (earthed) at the top of the supporting structure to minimise the likelihood of direct lightning strikes to the phase conductors. Very high-voltage transmission lines can have two ground conductors as is the case on this photo, also the giveaway that indeed this is the case is the size of the insulators that suspend the wire from the tower, in this case no insulators are used as you need these 2 wires to be connected to the support tower.

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 02:04 PM

Its not as bad as it looks I did that for a year great money and your average day you might have to work 2 hours the scary work is gun shot lines mid span you think the buzz you hear on the ground is bad on line it sounds like a bee is stuck in your head.


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#7 posted 06-06-2010 05:43 PM

That’s amazing

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#8 posted 06-07-2010 01:58 AM

actually thats really interesting lol despite not being relevant i like the article!

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