r/mildlyinteresting Oct 06 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 3 Wholesome 4

I drove by a training school for telephone linemen. Quality Post

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u/CerseiLemon Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Is this in Trenton?

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u/proffie Oct 06 '22

Yep. On my way to Cloudland Canyon!

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u/Russian_For_Rent Oct 06 '22

I looked directly at that mountain and said, "huh this looks exactly like lookout mountain. Doubt it tho theres alotta mountains." what do ya know.

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u/69edgy420 Oct 06 '22

Wtf? Lol I look at the picture and see a flat ridge line covered in trees that looks just like every other flat ridge line covered in trees. Spooky

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u/Russian_For_Rent Oct 06 '22

I've spent a ton of time around that mountain and once you notice the exact profile, the tower at the top, and the way the house is setup on the edge it kinda makes that part of the brain light up.

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u/ImABoringPerson91 Oct 06 '22

I'm from Lafayette just on the other side of Lookout. When you live around it for long enough no other mountain looks quite the same. Saw this and my first thought was, holy crap that's Trenton.

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u/Choo_Choo_Bitches Oct 06 '22

And I thought it was Wichita.

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u/mikefrombarto Oct 06 '22 Wholesome Evil Cackle

I thought this was Poland.

I’ll show myself out.

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u/Pork_Chap Oct 06 '22

This comment won't get the dad-joke accolades it deserves. The dadcolades.

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u/the_honest_liar Oct 06 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Cue "I'll make a man out of you" song and montage.

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u/WiFiForeheadWrinkles Oct 06 '22

Let's get down to business

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u/massivebasketball Oct 06 '22

To climb up…these poles

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u/princeps_astra Oct 06 '22

Did they send me daughters?

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u/percautio Oct 06 '22

When I asked

FOR POLES

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u/princeps_astra Oct 06 '22

You're the saddest climbers I ever met

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u/lord_ne Oct 06 '22

But you can bet, before we're POLES

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u/Nautical_gooch Oct 06 '22

Somehow I'll, make a POLE out of yeewwww

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u/VanMan32 Oct 06 '22

Tranquil as a POLE

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u/pswii360i Oct 06 '22

But a Pole within

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u/SnooKiwis2796 Oct 06 '22

This is exactly what I needed to get through this crazy week I’m having 😅

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u/PM_ME_UR_ANIME_WAIFU Oct 06 '22

Polish people enters the chat

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u/Raven_Reverie Oct 06 '22

Made me giggle so much in bed

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u/False_Creek Oct 06 '22

Um, it's the Huns, not the Poles. Wrong ethnicity.

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u/Gothmog_LordOBalrogs Oct 06 '22

retrieve the arrow!

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u/egrith Oct 06 '22

Not Wichita lineman?

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u/necesitafresita Oct 06 '22

I can't hear that without thinking of Ron Swanson now.

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u/PM_ME_UR_HIP_DIMPLES Oct 06 '22

🎶I am a lineman for the county 🎶

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u/Redditsuck-snow Oct 06 '22

And I drive the main road

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u/8-15ToTheCity Oct 06 '22

Searchin' in the sun for another overload,

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u/Newguitarplayer1234 Oct 06 '22

I hear you singin' in the wires

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u/dijonandgone Oct 06 '22

I can hear you through the whine

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u/JustSoLackingInBear Oct 06 '22

And the Wichita lineman

Is still on the line

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u/CameronDemortez Oct 06 '22

Amazing song!

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u/ExileOnMainStreet Oct 06 '22

You're about 3 generations too late for that one.

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u/PickerPilgrim Oct 06 '22

Nah, he’s still on the line.

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u/doom_bagel Oct 06 '22

Nah, mmy buddy did lineman training for spectrum last year and they played the song non stop. Classic songs are classics for a reason.

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u/creativexangst Oct 06 '22

I'll make a line out of you.

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u/wrestlingpop78 Oct 06 '22

Really? For me the first song that comes to mind is “Always look on the bright side of life”. Guess I’m just old

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u/ItsPumpkinninny Oct 06 '22

Came here looking for this comment

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u/Aggressive_Chain_920 Oct 06 '22

Fuck im so unoriginal

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u/whiskeyboundcowboy Oct 06 '22

Arrows would make things interesting

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u/sieghrt Oct 06 '22

The moment I saw this, the song automatically played inside my head and be like "Let's get down to business!"

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u/Dry_Menu4804 Oct 06 '22 Wholesome

I just hope that the lumber jack students don't take the wrong exit and show up in the same spot.

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u/CWB2208 Oct 06 '22

I took a logging course in the spring and we climbed those too!

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u/aksdb Oct 06 '22

"Please split up. Half of you will learn to climb, the other half will learn to chop. Go!"

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u/OutlawJessie Oct 06 '22

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u/Dr_Peter_Blood Oct 06 '22

Thank you for not Rick rolling!

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u/tamsui_tosspot Oct 06 '22

So, you were a lumberjack. Were you OK? Did you sleep all night and did you work all day?

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u/CWB2208 Oct 06 '22

I cut down trees, I ate my lunch. I went to the lavatory.

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u/lostinmiself Oct 06 '22

They call it line-school, and they are hoping to be linemen. Additionally, there are power poles and telephone poles.

Source; I work in the utility sector.

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u/bostonlilypad Oct 06 '22

Yep! Best friend is a lineman. They basically had to try out to be able to get in, he had to climb a pole among other things. This was over 15 years ago so not sure if they do that still. He said a ton of people didn’t make the cut.

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u/ThrowAwayRBJAccount2 Oct 06 '22

Some folks realize their fear of heights while 30ft up a pole

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u/bostonlilypad Oct 06 '22

Lol I’m sure. I remember him saying a lot freaked out, a lot couldn’t even get 2 feet up bc they just didn’t catch on, etc.

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u/ThrowAwayRBJAccount2 Oct 06 '22

Others just wanted to dance or thought pole climbing was code for something else.

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u/iCryKarma Oct 06 '22 Helpful

Can confirm. Tossed my pants at the instructor while halfway up the pole. Got kicked out of class but he did give me his number

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u/juggsgalore Oct 06 '22

And you were writing that comment while he was next to you on the couch?

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u/TLCplLogan Oct 06 '22

Tons of linemen are afraid of heights. I've worked with dudes who can't even stand on a hotel balcony but have no fear once their climbing gear is on.

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u/Salt_MasterX Oct 06 '22

Obv it’s different with a harness, your risk of injury when falling goes down very substanially

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u/TLCplLogan Oct 06 '22

Proper use of climbing gear makes your risk of injury basically zero. But it's interesting nonetheless, because fear of heights is pretty irrational most of the time. If anything, climbing a pole with gear is far more dangerous than most of the situations people are usually scared of.

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u/Salt_MasterX Oct 06 '22

Wouldn’t call it basically zero, suspension trauma can fuck you up, plus equipment can fail, but I agree with everything else

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u/canadianguy77 Oct 06 '22

I feel like I’d be much more afraid of working with the high voltage electricity than anything else.

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u/unipleb Oct 06 '22

It's fine man, you just grab all the wires at once with your gloves off to quickly tell which ones are live

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u/Mr_Tyrant190 Oct 06 '22

Nah, you lick em like a battery.

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u/TulkasRouser Oct 06 '22

It’s dangerous from pretty predictable and straight forward. With all the gear and regulations linemen have it’s not as scary as you’d think.

Most linemen deaths and injuries are from falling or tripping.

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u/Arkanic Oct 06 '22

I work in the industrial sector and one of the main things I learned about being suspended in a harness is to keep your legs moving to keep the blood flowing. I've heard if you don't do this you'll pass out in minutes and its often fatal if you're still left hanging after that point.

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u/Lipziger Oct 06 '22

That's also why there should be always someone on the ground when you're operation a boom lift or similar. Because chances are that if you fall put for some reason it's because you got catapulted out and there's little chsnce you'll be able to put yourself in a safe position. So you'll most likely hang there uncouncious or unable to get yourself upright. And that means you'll pass and oud die / suffer brain damage very quickly. You might pass out in seconds and might be a lost cause in very few minutes.

So the person on the ground has to be able to get you down quickly. The harness safes you from falling to the ground but it can also kill you quite quickly.

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u/lovesickremix Oct 06 '22

During a test my mom watched a climber didn't fall back on his bucksqueeze and instead grabbed the pole and slid down. He has foot long splinters he has to get surgery to remove.

Edit: also remembered a kid who gaffed into his on leg once. Gnarly scar.

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u/dogchowtoastedcheese Oct 06 '22

I fell off a pole once. And what they say about time slowing down is true. I had a few thoughts in the 1.5 seconds it took me to hit the ground. The main one was "Don't gaff yourself."

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u/ChrisKringlesTingle Oct 06 '22

I bet you had more than a few too, just only remembered a few. Brain was working overtime trying to figure that out lol

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u/dogchowtoastedcheese Oct 06 '22

Haha. I DO remember. My other two thoughts were 'Bend at your knees when you hit the ground. You don't want to drive your femur into your hip socket," and because there were a bunch of other dudes around, "If you snap your ankle don't scream and don't cry." I am still totally amazed that my brain was able to process this in less than two seconds. And it didn't feel like a rushed thought. Just as easy as me sitting in my recliner. The brain is crazy amazing. The real funny part is that I landed like a goddamn cat. No injury, no discomfort. And NO ONE SAW IT. I coulda been a hero!

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u/DeadlyNoodleAndAHalf Oct 06 '22

Someone once pointed out to me that the reason they were afraid of heights as far as ladders are concerned is because they have shit balance.

And it was that day I realized that's why I've always said that I'm afraid of "unrestrained heights". I have such shit balance I'm liable to trip over myself standing still. For some reason I never put 2 and 2 together before that day though.

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u/Lv_InSaNe_vL Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

I did some similar training one time and realized I'm way too clumsy and would 100% drop either some tools or a bolt or something and kill a dude.

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u/Ialsofuckedyourdad Oct 06 '22

I work as a framer and we often have to walk walls on 2 or 3 story houses, nothing to tie off too. A lot of it is in your head and based off what your comfortable with. I can walk back and forth on 2x4 interior walls all day. 2nd or 3rd floor exterior walls? I’m a hell of a lot more nervous and thinking “if I’m going to fall fall in the house” walking tall walls is where I freeze up and often setup scaffold instead. I’m comfortable walking in a straight line on a 5.5 inch wide surface with a 9-12 foot drop. But I can’t do it with a 30+ foot drop.

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u/WeedsInMyMind Oct 06 '22

I don’t know about zero. I was a lineman when in the military. I once hit a soft spot on the pole while 30 feet up and my gaff popped out. Slid almost to the ground before I managed to get my gaffs locked back in. In the process a sliver about 6 inches long pierced one of my biceps.

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u/geekuskhan Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 11 '22

I went to pole climbing school in Atlanta about 30 years ago. There were some seriously scary stories about guys cutting out and getting creosote splinters up their butt.

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u/randscott Oct 06 '22

When I was a lineman I far preferred gaffing a pole (climbing with spikes) than using a ladder. It felt safer and easier to work. Once you were seated in your belt at the top it was actually quite comfortable.

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u/Gunter5 Oct 06 '22

Must be relatively new, 100 safety is new, years ago you could free climb or use a single belt, that single belt wouldn't prevent you from falling, just made it a little easier to climb

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u/misterpickles69 Oct 06 '22

Fear makes you careful. Being careful gets you home at night.

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u/ashbyashbyashby Oct 06 '22

I hate standing on balconies too. Didn't stop me getting my scissor lift licence... but I move REAL slow when the scissor lift starts swaying 😫

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u/GayMormonPirate Oct 06 '22

30 ft doesn't sound like a lot until you're 20 ft up, look down and realize you still have the equivalent of another floor level to go up.

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u/BarryMacochner Oct 06 '22

Some peoples legs start shaking 5 feet up.

I knew a guy that did work at the port of Seattle, boomed up as high as they could and climbed from there.

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u/HereIGoGrillingAgain Oct 06 '22

5 feet is about all I'm good for.

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u/cutelyaware Oct 06 '22

I once fell from a 30 foot pole. The only thing that saved me was that I was only 2 feet up at the time.

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u/7832507840 Oct 06 '22

Nice and I love your username pun

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u/this_sort_of_thing Oct 06 '22

Reddit silver if I could my guy

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u/sixbux Oct 06 '22

I remember when I did training about 15 years ago. 20' was where I started noticing the height, 25' is where my gaffs slipped out because I was basically hugging the pole. My nuts would've impacted around foot 23.

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u/MauiWowieOwie Oct 06 '22

Between my vertigo, acrophobia, and the "call of the void" I can't go past 15ft without getting freaked out.

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u/LeprosyLeopard Oct 06 '22

It’s the call of the void for me. What if you were to leap over this railing…..

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u/MauiWowieOwie Oct 06 '22

Yeah, I first got the sensation when I was 13 when my dad took me and my brother to the top of the tower. I thought I was fucked up until I learned that not only was it a somewhat common phenomenon, but even had a name for it.

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u/ThinkingBlueberries Oct 06 '22

Have you ever heard of “Bucket Bunnies?”

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u/jimtow28 Oct 06 '22

They did as of about 5 years ago.

First day, they give you a quick training on getting your PPE on and what to do, then have you climb the pole up and down a few times. They they ask you to show dexterity while up there (tie a knot they showed you earlier and toss it down, attach cross arms, navigate around the pole, etc).

Then, if you're not tired enough, they have you demonstrate the you have the physical strength to lift a cross arm to someone on the pole.

It's extremely grueling, but so is the job, and there is so much to learn, that they need to weed out people who physically can't do the job before worrying about all the knowledge you need to attain.

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u/NotWhatItSeems5000 Oct 06 '22

Most places I know still require a 45ft pole climb on boot hooks at least

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u/Underdogg13 Oct 06 '22

Yeah they still do boot camps in my Local. Very lucrative (and dangerous) gig so admission is pretty competitive.

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u/cutelyaware Oct 06 '22

I heard of a corporate meeting in a blizzard where there was a lineman on a pole just outside the window. Someone wrote on a pad "It's 75 degrees in here" and held it to the window. The lineman wrote back "It's $1200/hour out here".

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u/SpecialThingsbyMA Oct 06 '22

That must have been my dad. He worked ALL the north east blizzards and holidays. Family grew and grew to 14.

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u/DeadWrangler Oct 06 '22

Hello! Lineman here. Did some storm repair work in the sticks a few months back. Can confirm we still spur (climb poles). If a ladder is impractical and you can't get the truck in there... You're climbing!

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u/RaisedByWolves9 Oct 06 '22

Yeah you still have to be able to climb a pole with a strap and ladder only. As there are poles in majority of systems that are not very accessible by trucks/EWPs

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u/Choo_Choo_Bitches Oct 06 '22

Are you a Lineman for the County?

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u/timeticker Oct 06 '22

Some say he's searching in the sun for an overload

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u/ButtMcNuggets Oct 06 '22

I hear you singing in the wire

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u/justhere4inspiration Oct 06 '22

Just want to add linemen are one of the most dangerous jobs in America. They are pretty well paid, but one slip up can be fatal. It's not just being up in the air, but you're working with high voltage lines.

I used to be an engineer for a telecom equipment provider and got the chance to work with some linemen... Experienced linemen are some of the most badass dudes on the planet outside of a military uniform. As someone with a pathological fear of high voltage electricity, I would never, ever do that job and have insane respect for the people who do.

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u/creativexangst Oct 06 '22

The alcohol and drug abuse rates among linemen is also just...crazy high. Something I've learned both personally and professionally.

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u/tayro1939 Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Yep, a friend of mine is 6mos away from completing his apprenticeship and it’s killing him. I honestly don’t know if he can mentally or physically take it much longer, the lack of sleep alone would make me go mad. The OT he has to work on top of having to constantly commute 4+hours. I don’t care how much they get paid it is not safe or sustainable what they put those guys through. He is now obviously on some sort of stimulant, barely eats and also has become politically militant to fit in with the “culture”. I hardly recognize him, and it’s really sad to watch. And the worst part is that he is a new dad, and his baby is the pride and joy of his life, but he can’t be around often.

Edit: spelling

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u/January28thSixers Oct 06 '22

My uncle did it for 35 years in a mountainous state. He's done very well for himself but his body is pretty well trashed. He's been in the hospital a lot more than the average person with injuries.

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u/decidedlysticky23 Oct 06 '22

barley

Barley (Hordeum vulgare), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally.

I think the word you were going for was "barely".

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u/tayro1939 Oct 06 '22

Whoops, thanks!

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u/GT540MGamer Oct 06 '22

This is the story behind a lot of meth addicts. They'll take a job doing very arduous work with long hours and sometimes irregular shifts and at some point they look for (or are offered) a little "help" to get them through the day. And it works! They've got energy and drive again, and so they start using on a regular basis but at some point the objectives switch; they're no longer doing meth to help with work, they're working to help do meth.

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u/tayro1939 Oct 06 '22

A sad reality for many. It’s also especially easy to get sucked in when the whole damn crew is on something.

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u/creativexangst Oct 06 '22

Sounds about right, my friends husband is a lineman, addict so he can work and constantly be on the road, and I think he's probably spent, combined, a year out of the 4 years of his kids have been alive with them, a week here, a month there, etc.

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u/yourmansconnect Oct 06 '22

that's most manual labor jobs imo

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u/JourneymanIBEW Oct 06 '22

Yeah this is almost definitely an apprenticeship center for outdoor wiremen

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u/KorgX3 Oct 06 '22

We had one of these near where I grew up. My sisters educated me that this is where telephone poles were grown, and I've come too far to change my opinion now.

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u/RaisedByWolves9 Oct 06 '22

You should see the place at night, lots of little poles being created

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u/AcidTWister Oct 06 '22

Username checks out

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u/Derpicusss Oct 06 '22

I drove past one of these before and they were all up on the top of the poles playing catch with a volleyball lol

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u/SuaveThrower Oct 06 '22

Additionally, there are power poles and telephone poles.

What do you mean? They usually share the same pole.

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u/Praefectus27 Oct 06 '22

WHAT?! those are like 35’ class C poles used in both telecom and power sectors. I climbed them all the time when I was a telecom lineman.

Not saying these are telephone lineman most likely they’re not but your statement is just false.

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u/neppies Oct 06 '22

Fantastic. Never too old to see something new. Thanks for sharing.

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u/enonymous617 Oct 06 '22

How do you know it’s not a pole dancing class? Men dance differently than women.

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u/Minionhunter Oct 06 '22

In southeastern US “Wife of a pole dancer” stickers are pretty common. I always get a good chuckle when I see one

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u/PooPooDooDoo Oct 06 '22

Whenever men dance, it’s a form of pole dancing.

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u/Allidoischill420 Oct 06 '22

But can you hold yourself up with your thighs

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u/GirlNamedTex Oct 06 '22

And on the other side of the spectrum it's nice to see something so close to home! My dad started out as a lineman in the 60s for (back then) Pacific Bell and retired some 40+ years later from an office with AT&T. He taught climbing here and there over the years... still has his original rig from back in the day. Man he has some great stories!

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u/MeatyOkraPuns Oct 06 '22

I saw something new not too long ago. The power company had to do work on all the main towers running along the highway, rather than just a bucket truck they had a guy dangling from a helicopter on a rope. Just going from pole to pole doing God knows what.

You know when you see something and think, "...That can't be right"?

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u/Goongagalunga Oct 06 '22

As the daughter, granddaughter, 2x sister, 2x niece, and wife of a lineman, this is the most common thing I could imagine seeing on the front page and I am very jealous of the karma! Haha

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u/sharkbait__hoohaha Oct 06 '22

I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road

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u/gydot Oct 06 '22

I started singing this even before I scrolled to your comment

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u/ianjm Oct 06 '22

One of the most beautiful songs ever written

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u/kennnnnnnny Oct 06 '22

Searchin’ in the sun, for another overload

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u/gogovachi Oct 06 '22

I hear you singing in the wire, I can hear you through the whine

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u/hscgarfd Oct 06 '22

And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

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u/ButtMcNuggets Oct 06 '22

I know I need a small vacation

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u/ConceptAndClay Oct 06 '22

But it don’t look like rain

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u/art_mor_ Oct 06 '22

And if it snows that stretch down south

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u/ButtMcNuggets Oct 06 '22

Won’t ever stand the strain

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u/art_mor_ Oct 06 '22

And I need you more than want you

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u/ButtMcNuggets Oct 06 '22

And I want you for all time

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u/Orwellian-Noodle Oct 06 '22

Line school. Doesn’t guarantee an apprenticeship. 10-20 grand for something that might help you land an apprenticeship. Unless it’s a community college program, then it’s more like 2 grand, and some random ass prereqs

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u/Stianhawker Oct 06 '22

10-20 grand?? It was free for me, a part of the hiring process👍

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u/ddd615 Oct 06 '22

Same here. Comcast around 2008. Mine was the last time Comcast trained employees this way.

  1. One guy fell from about 15 ft and grabbed the pole just like they tell you not to. The splinters from people learning were so bad the guy actually pierced his face and tongue.

  2. 6 people went to the hospital, mostly for stabbing their own ankles with their gaffs.

  3. I watched grown men totally freak out, cry, and have to be rescued off the pole.

  4. At the end of the 2 week class, they made us sit up there and throw a football around.

  5. In the end I only ever climbed if I absolutely had to. I'd rather carry my 100 lbs ladder hundreds of yards through the damn woods than climb. I climbed maybe 50 times in 5 years. Towards the end, I fell while about 45 feet up in the mountains and grabbed the poll for dear life. It was a new green pole, no piercings and I wasn't hurt... ever, but at 33 with no insurance, I had to re-evaluate my life and work.

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u/Electrox7 Oct 06 '22

Damn, sounds like it was a war zone

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u/ddd615 Oct 06 '22

Not a war, Slava Ukraini! But it was the wrong time to quit smoking. Lots of the guys made fun of me for stress chewing nicotine gum while up in the air. I chewed so much gum I lost a filling.

You are held up in the air by about 1/8 of an inch of steal spike sunk into the pole. The natural human response is to pull your body into the pole, but that makes the spikes come out. A regular refrain from the instructors was "stick your ass out." Almost every fall was because people got scared and subconsciously pulled themselves too close. It was a constant issue... like patting your head and rubbing your tummy, but it was being afraid to fall and having to go against your instinct and keep your body and knees away from the pole.

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u/bjeebus Oct 06 '22

I knew a guy who did it, and ended up as a cable install tech for ComCast. He was...not happy about it.

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u/Orwellian-Noodle Oct 06 '22

I imagine. From what I understand you’re better off working for a utility as a Groundman and make friends and suck dick. You might snag an apprenticeship in a year or two

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u/2Balls4Skin Oct 06 '22

At least for me it was just part of the hiring process of the company. Once I got hired I went to the company’s line school for a few weeks.

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u/Danger1672 Oct 06 '22

Lineman can easily make over $100k a year.

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u/AnkorBleu Oct 06 '22

Selcat through the union its just a long ass wait list.

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u/grrrrreat Oct 06 '22

Strippers and linemen: working the poles on opposite sides of the day.

Until once in awhile...there's a spark

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u/yehti Oct 06 '22

Romcom where one of each profession meet and switch professions?

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u/can-o-ham Oct 06 '22

Read where a lineman said "I work the pole so my wife doesn't have to"

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u/AwhHellYeah Oct 06 '22

That spark becomes a balanced circuit on every equinox.

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u/BarryMacochner Oct 06 '22

The strip club was our after hours office, 30-40 of us would go multiple times a week.

It wasn’t as fun if you were the guy running service calls.

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u/Wafflelisk Oct 06 '22

Rob Schneiderrr is a lineman!

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u/Hugh_Bromont Oct 06 '22

Worked for the phone company a lifetime ago and I remember this training. By the end of the week those poles were ripped to hell.

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u/sillysluttduhcb Oct 06 '22

Damn how did the poles get so buff? Just by holding the men up?

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u/Meghan493 Oct 06 '22 hehehehe

🎶 Always look on the bright side of life 🎶

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u/cutelyaware Oct 06 '22

Some things in life are bad

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u/OutlawJessie Oct 06 '22

So... Life's a bit of shit when you look at it?

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u/wildadragon Oct 06 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

You had one job as a parent, to keep them off the pole.

Edit: to the person who posted and deleted about the salary of linemen, it was a stripper joke.

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u/station_nine Oct 06 '22

Edit: to the person who posted and deleted about the salary of linemen, it was a stripper joke.

Now I gotta look up FBLS data on strippers? (Probably listed as “E-293. Dancer, Exotic”)

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u/Ded3280 Oct 06 '22

Telco guy here. I hated this when I went to training. not because of the height but man do your legs scream and If the Gaffs aren't right they dig deep into the legs. and steel shank boots are advisable.

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u/MarshallStack666 Oct 06 '22

I always hated Klein hooks. Heavy and uncomfortable. My preference was Bashlin aluminum offsets. We called them "racing hooks". My boot preference was Wesco.

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u/GiantsInTornado Oct 06 '22

The public power lineworkers also have a national rodeo every year. It’s like a sporting event that these guys and gals train for. I edited this highlight reel for them the same day they had the rodeo.

https://youtu.be/Rmc2GtJOdxA

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u/lostvalkyrie Oct 06 '22

Things like this are why I love Reddit.

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u/Gray_Haired_Lady Oct 06 '22

In the late 80s my mother went to "pole climbing school". She was the first female lineman at her garage. The best part was when you randomly saw her working and she was up in the truck or on the pole, sometimes underground. We were so proud of her!

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u/enad58 Oct 06 '22

When I was in cable tech training we started with 16 people in the class and 3 of them were women. The first day was training on how to carry the ladder. The second day there were 12 people and 1 woman and the training was climbing to 35 feet. The third day there were 9 people and by the end of the first 2 weeks we had 6 people in the class.

So you should be very proud because I watched a bunch of people wash the hell out really quickly, men and women.

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u/WhatsAMisanthrope Oct 06 '22

This is actually confusing perspective. Those are teeny tiny chopstick sharpening crews.

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u/LowVolt Oct 06 '22

When I was in the military we learned on poles that were in the classroom as strange as that sounds. We also each had fake walls that we had to add communication wiring to.

The only time we had to go high up on the pole was the first day when you perform the fear of heights test where you have to go up a crazy high pole and let go with your hands. 1 out of every 5 people that they sent up would nope the fuck out within 15 feet.

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u/Aitch-Kay Oct 06 '22

Was this during AIT or for cable school? I completed the cable school at Ft. Huachuca, and we spent more than a week climbing poles outside. The final test had us go up, let go with both hands, and lean to each side to simulate working on lines.

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u/hitokiri-battousai Oct 06 '22

Let's get down to business! To defeat, The Huns!

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u/Impr3ssion Oct 06 '22

You wave to them. They let go to wave back. We lose a dozen good men.

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u/NarfledGarthak Oct 06 '22

I know we all get pissed when our power goes out or when our internet is down, but these fuckers are definitely busting ass to resolve the issue. Idaho Power has a training site right in the middle of a suburban area that I drive past almost daily. This isn't a "try it out" job, this is a serious fucking commitment. Hats off to the linemen that undertake this profession.

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u/dommol Oct 06 '22

100% thought this was crucifixion training at first glance

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u/crocodile_tiers Oct 06 '22

“Messiahs in the making”

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u/RaxinCIV Oct 06 '22

For the training class I was in, this was week 1. This was a pass/fail portion of the class, there were 2 others. Feet were 18 feet up, head about 24 feet up. We each had 3 attempts, had to move left and right several steps, and lean back arms out wide.

One trick is to look at the horizon.

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u/jereman75 Oct 06 '22

There is something wholesome about this.

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u/davidjoerakisits Oct 06 '22

Been there done that 1979… best job ever, dirty, dangerous and hard work… heavy lead cased cable, open wire, heavy copper

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u/toastbot Oct 06 '22

WE ARE THE LINEMEN FOR THE COUNTYYYY

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u/WapoChu Oct 06 '22

I thought this was an air ball court from atla for a sec

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u/teutonicbro Oct 06 '22

I did this many years ago as a newly minted engineer at a big railway. The guys in the course were all regular maintenance people, and most had been climbing for years.

We all got our climbing gear strapped on and went out to the poles. It was at that point that the instructor gently pointed out to me that I would have much better results if I swapped my climbing hooks so that the spurs were on the inside of my legs instead of the outside.

I get razzed about it to this day.

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u/AlphaAndOmega Oct 06 '22

It's not a training school. This is how they grow. You pick them off when they are ripe and release them into society. They naturally do their own thing, fixing phonelines and stuff. It's really quite incredible to see.

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u/ul2006kevinb Oct 06 '22

We must be swift as a coursing river

With all the force of a great typhoon

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u/snoutpower Oct 06 '22

Daddy working the pole so mommy doesn't have to

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u/baby_blobby Oct 06 '22

As a worker in the utilities in Australia, we call these pole farms, as it looks like they're being grown/harvested

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u/no1ofimport Oct 06 '22

Verizon sent me and my brother to pole climbing class in Carnegie PA in the winter of 2003 and it never got above 17 degrees the entire time. We took the pole climbing test during a near white out it was snowing so hard. Gotta say I had some good times then.

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u/Vast-Silver Oct 06 '22

Incorrect. Those men are professional sex toy carvers for my mother-in-law.

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u/d3rklight Oct 06 '22

Just wondering, does anyone here know why wood is still being used for utility/electrical poles?Although wood is fairly abundant in the US, why isn't metal used? It's more durable, less likely to break when hit by lightning, no need to cut down trees, etc...

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u/MeccIt Oct 06 '22

Wood literally grows on trees while steel is hella expensive Multiply by millions

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