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(WTOP)   If the utilities didn't have enough problems with people stealing wire, now they're taking the poles   (wtop.com) divider line 84
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2014-08-24 06:50:07 PM
You know who else used to take Poles?
 
2014-08-24 06:59:13 PM

doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?


Gallup?
 
2014-08-24 07:26:42 PM
Time to target the scrap dealers that accept this stuff. I saw a street worth of fire hydrant caps that were taken. Everybody knows what those are and that you don't have a right to be getting paid for the scrap value of them.

/manhole covers too
 
2014-08-24 07:30:40 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Time to target the scrap dealers that accept this stuff. I saw a street worth of fire hydrant caps that were taken. Everybody knows what those are and that you don't have a right to be getting paid for the scrap value of them.

/manhole covers too


Leaving your manhole uncovered increases the chances of taking a pole.
 
2014-08-24 07:32:02 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Leaving your manhole uncovered increases the chances of taking a pole.


REPORTED!
 
2014-08-24 07:33:17 PM
Very high strength to weight ratio
 
2014-08-24 07:42:43 PM
i527.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-24 07:54:42 PM

PhiloeBedoe: doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?

Gallup?


Nein...
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-24 08:15:13 PM
They took uninstalled poles. A big complaint around my area is "double poles", when a utility replaces a pole but does not remove the original, leaving two poles right next to each other. City and town politicians hate this. They would love a massive theft of half of each pair of double poles.

This falls into the "first world problems" category.
 
2014-08-24 09:26:39 PM

TuteTibiImperes: InterruptingQuirk: Time to target the scrap dealers that accept this stuff. I saw a street worth of fire hydrant caps that were taken. Everybody knows what those are and that you don't have a right to be getting paid for the scrap value of them.

/manhole covers too

Leaving your manhole uncovered increases the chances of taking a pole.


i1283.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-24 09:42:42 PM
It would be nice if they could have some kind of "corrupting a minor" charge against the 33 year old who brought along his 13 and 15 year old family members. Really make those kids realize how evil the bastard was to encourage them into a life of crime. Hope those kids can be scared sober.
 
2014-08-24 09:43:54 PM
Hey you guys.
 
jvl
2014-08-24 09:44:56 PM
Wait till the thieves find out how much one of them newfangled LED streetlights costs.
 
2014-08-24 09:50:25 PM
They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?
 
2014-08-24 09:51:37 PM
I'm confused by this article. Utility poles cost $5000 n each? And 5 fit in a U-Haul? They must be metal and were cut up.
 
2014-08-24 09:52:58 PM

abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?


Presumably these are metal poles.
 
2014-08-24 09:53:26 PM
This is actually a hazing ritual in the Carman Sandiago Gang.
 
2014-08-24 09:55:11 PM
I could make an awesome square foot garden out of telephone poles. Or a ultimate dog house.

My carpentry senses are tingling...
 
2014-08-24 09:55:46 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?

Presumably these are metal poles.


Ah. I don't think I've ever seen a metal utility pole. At least no in my area.
 
2014-08-24 09:58:15 PM
I supposed they were aluminum poles, definitely something scrappers would steal. Why can't the buggers stick to being electrocuted when they try to steal copper wire from substations? (Saw a pic of one who died that way; melted his ball cap to his head. Heh)
 
2014-08-24 09:58:20 PM

abhorrent1: Kumana Wanalaia: abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?

Presumably these are metal poles.

Ah. I don't think I've ever seen a metal utility pole. At least no in my area.


The ones I've seen have an arm that reaches out over the street, to hold a traffic light. Also, some streetlight poles are metal.
 
2014-08-24 10:02:10 PM
Stealing poles lying around in a construction site? That's nothing. In west Baltimore, they pose as utility crews and cut them down with torches.
 
2014-08-24 10:06:35 PM
The family that steals together probably does meth together.....
 
2014-08-24 10:07:38 PM
Subby's mom takes the pole lol
 
2014-08-24 10:08:48 PM

abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?


To sell at another construction site, presumably.  Or an unscrupulous contractor, most likely.

Unless the authorities checked for a paper trail of all construction materials, and noticed a discrepancy, how would they prove you were using stolen supplies?
 
2014-08-24 10:10:24 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Time to target the scrap dealers that accept this stuff. I saw a street worth of fire hydrant caps that were taken. Everybody knows what those are and that you don't have a right to be getting paid for the scrap value of them.

/manhole covers too



I've been collecting copper wire for the better part of several years and will soon be stripping the insulation so I can get more money.  Using your logic, I must have stolen is all as no one could possibly have accumulated such a large amount of copper.

Lots of scroungers I see hauling stuff in stumble across some serious legitimate finds.  In my State, all peddlers have to have their ID and vehicle tag entered into the system to be checked.  I've been warned that scrappers may soon be taxed on the money they get.


/Gotta pay for those Oklahoma tax cuts somehow
 
2014-08-24 10:11:06 PM
Around here, it's standard at some scrap yards to have at least one cop standing by. Also, all scrappers have to have picture ID on file. Perhaps that cuts down on some of the bigger thefts.
 
2014-08-24 10:11:11 PM

doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?


Subby's mom?
 
2014-08-24 10:12:42 PM

abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?


I could see dock builders taking them, especially if they're 2.5 PT (so loaded with copper they're green). Forgot how much I sold them for 15 years ago but they weren't cheap.
 
2014-08-24 10:23:06 PM
I started in customer service for Ma Bell in the late 90s. They wanted you to read through company info between calls. I found a page that had the process for giving away surplus utility poles to whomever would ask for them. Not that they always had a surplus.
 
2014-08-24 10:23:40 PM
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2014-08-24 10:25:40 PM
Be on the lookout for the world's largest Lincoln log set that smells like creosote.
 
2014-08-24 10:27:23 PM
I work at an electric utility, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

They were probably street light poles.  Those range from 18'-32' tall and could be carried by a couple people.(unless you're talking about highway lights.. Those can be really tall.)  Couldn't be transmission poles as those need a crane to move.

Our most unusual theft involved someone cutting down a wood power pole in the middle of nowhere and stealing the transformer hanging at the top.  By the time we got there, the pole was on the ground, the insulating oil was everywhere, and the transformer was gone.
 
2014-08-24 10:29:40 PM
Maybe they really wanted that little two-wheeled trailer that pole is transported on.
 
2014-08-24 10:29:42 PM
Oh, and that price is a little crazy for that type of poles...
 
2014-08-24 10:32:11 PM

Skink Wrangler: I supposed they were aluminum poles, definitely something scrappers would steal. Why can't the buggers stick to being electrocuted when they try to steal copper wire from substations? (Saw a pic of one who died that way; melted his ball cap to his head. Heh)


Because that would kill power to everyone who happened to be on that grid.

/my town recently lost power for six hours because of a snake
 
2014-08-24 10:34:53 PM

PhiloeBedoe: doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?

Gallup?


So quick.

/shakes internet something

Is there a special rail car for this?
 
2014-08-24 10:35:41 PM
Police dogs will join the investigation as soon as they solve the lost fire plug caper.
 
2014-08-24 10:38:40 PM

InterruptingQuirk: TuteTibiImperes: Leaving your manhole uncovered increases the chances of taking a pole.

REPORTED!


In a consensual and loving way.
 
2014-08-24 10:41:05 PM

Dear Jerk: I started in customer service for Ma Bell in the late 90s. They wanted you to read through company info between calls. I found a page that had the process for giving away surplus utility poles to whomever would ask for them. Not that they always had a surplus.


Ham radio operators love 'em.  We have two in the corners of our property.  Free surplus years back.  I string 12g copper on those, and run that to the two palm trees in the front yard - a giant *loop*...awesome antenna that can work the world on 100 watts *wOOt*

Tourists think I am a gov't spy LOL
 
2014-08-24 10:52:40 PM

Beretta3000: I work at an electric utility, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

They were probably street light poles.  Those range from 18'-32' tall and could be carried by a couple people.(unless you're talking about highway lights.. Those can be really tall.)  Couldn't be transmission poles as those need a crane to move.

Our most unusual theft involved someone cutting down a wood power pole in the middle of nowhere and stealing the transformer hanging at the top.  By the time we got there, the pole was on the ground, the insulating oil was everywhere, and the transformer was gone.


Starscream strikes again.
 
2014-08-24 10:55:29 PM

Beretta3000: I work at an electric utility, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

They were probably street light poles.  Those range from 18'-32' tall and could be carried by a couple people.(unless you're talking about highway lights.. Those can be really tall.)  Couldn't be transmission poles as those need a crane to move.

Our most unusual theft involved someone cutting down a wood power pole in the middle of nowhere and stealing the transformer hanging at the top.  By the time we got there, the pole was on the ground, the insulating oil was everywhere, and the transformer was gone.


Don't those transformers have PCB laced oil in them? Or are all of those gone by now?
 
2014-08-24 10:55:48 PM

JoieD'Zen: PhiloeBedoe: doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?

Gallup?

So quick.

/shakes internet something

Is there a special rail car for this?


I am so Stalin that!

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2014-08-24 10:56:51 PM

PhiloeBedoe: doglover: You know who else used to take Poles?

Gallup?


i love you guys!!!

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2014-08-24 10:58:53 PM

Kevin72: It would be nice if they could have some kind of "corrupting a minor" charge against the 33 year old who brought along his 13 and 15 year old family members. Really make those kids realize how evil the bastard was to encourage them into a life of crime. Hope those kids can be scared sober.


It is.

Maryland code 3-8A-30

Contributing to the condition of a child (delinquent).

3 years / $2500
 
2014-08-24 11:12:37 PM

abhorrent1: They're basically just tall trees with the bark stripped off. I could see if they were redwood, cedar or oak but they're probably just Pine. Why would you steal that?


Maybe they're Log Cabin Republicans?
 
2014-08-24 11:14:18 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Don't those transformers have PCB laced oil in them? Or are all of those gone by now?


The wooden power poles are also coated with some highly toxic stuff. A facility that made them where I live shut down and the whole yard was declared a Superfund site.
 
2014-08-24 11:26:51 PM
Come to Edmonton our street lights are falling over
 
2014-08-24 11:31:45 PM
Probably creosote. Back in the old days people also used to keep horses chewing on wood. Sometimes the old days sucked.
 
2014-08-24 11:38:31 PM

cryinoutloud: Mr. Shabooboo: Don't those transformers have PCB laced oil in them? Or are all of those gone by now?

The wooden power poles are also coated with some highly toxic stuff. A facility that made them where I live shut down and the whole yard was declared a Superfund site.


We used a broken up pole for a campfire once and we all got sick.

/do not do this
 
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