New Utility Pole

After about a month, a replacement for the fallen utility pole arrived:

New Utility Pole Arrives
New Utility Pole Arrives

This is much easier than digging a hole by hand:

New Utility Pole - auger clearing
New Utility Pole – auger clearing

Verily, given the right tools, any job becomes do-able:

New Utility Pole - installing
New Utility Pole – installing

It was fascinating for me and just another day at the office for everybody else:

New Utility Pole - wiring
New Utility Pole – wiring

They nailed the original pole tag to the new pole, complete with the original 1940 nail:

New Utility Pole - pole tag 144701
New Utility Pole – pole tag 144701

I expect this pole will outlive me, just as the original pole outlived the folks who built our house.

The most memorable comment came from the person doing the CHG&E damage assessment, who really really wanted this to not be their problem: “Anybody could steal a pole tag and nail it on that pole.” I asked what location their records showed for the pole tag, whereupon the conversation moved on.

Second-place award: no, we were not interested in trenching underground lines 300 feet along the property line, at our expense, to avoid an “unsightly” pole.

For unknown reasons, I was supposed to figure out which telecom utilities had wired the pole, notify them, and wait for them to tack their cables to the new pole. I called both Verizon and Altice / Optimum, got service tickets, and watched them close the tickets without further action. I tried re-opening the Verizon ticket and was told somebody would be there within 48 hours. An Optimum guy showed up, promised a quick return visit from a team with proper equipment, but nothing happened.

I suppose having no customer at the end of the cable removed any motivation to clear their hardware off our lawn, so, after two weeks, I deployed the bolt cutter, rolled up the cables, and scrapped ’em out.


3 thoughts on “New Utility Pole

  1. We have new underground cables and two “unsightly” transformer poles (the ground cable is still hanging up in the air) as a memento (the house was built in 1975).

    “A mountain hare with European hares”

    1. Those are big bunnies!

      We hope the garden microbunny grows enough to not quite fit through the fence while it’s outside.

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