This Job IS Not For ME

Feb 18, 2017
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Did a few up to 900' 30 years ago. It's a job for young studs with little or no fear. It will kick your ass on the way up and down.
 

diverdon

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Heights do not bother me, it's only the falling that would bother me, and I would follow the proceedures to avoid that.
 
Sep 14, 2010
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A buddy of mine does it in North Texas, he makes enough money from it to where he can afford a top notch guided elk hunt in utah, antelope hunt in co, and idaho mule deer. Every god damn fall. 5 years straight. Not married and no kids. Hmmm.. might have to get over my fear of heights...
Ive always heard its a money making job if you have the balls. Though his financial situation might be more credited to not having a wife and kids.;)
 

TripleBull

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Ive always heard its a money making job if you have the balls. Though his financial situation might be more credited to not having a wife and kids.;)
One of my nephews did it for years and made good money. Now he manages the office of the company, making better money and not worrying about getting lit up by lightning on an Oklahoma tower. I've done big wall climbing so I'm OK with the height/exposure, but lightning does not give a fuck about your life plans.
 
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You need work into it gradually. I worked as a electrician/lineman for 35 years and every time we worked at heights it was a mental adjustment just don't look down. Not easy as it sounds.
 
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softcock

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No biggie climbing the guy wire Mast, but don't like the idea of hanging around long periods of time on transmitters or even under them . wonder if they cut power for a time when he actually on transmitter to replace the beacon bulb ?
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Greg Langelius *

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I worked nights on PRR (Pennsylvania RR) power transmission (and every other kind of PRR) towers (and tunnels) back when I was 19.

The tallest I ever worked was atop the Newark Bay (NJ) Bridge, 495' above the water. Eventually, I walked every foot of the PRR rail tunnels under the Hudson, and the LIRR tunnels under the East River.

You get used to it.

But nobody on the crew was over 26, and the foremen were crippled.

One night we had a negligent fatality. The power controller in a power station clear across the Hudson River threw the wrong switch putting 66KV through a friend of mine about 50ft above me on the same tower; and the next day I got myself hired by IBM. It just got too bright that night, and we were up in the middle of a hurricane. Trains gotta run...

That job was not for me, either.

Neither was, actually...

For some reason, death didn't bother me near as much after that night.

Three months after I got hired, I also got drafted into the Marines...

And that is an entirely different story...

Greg
 
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softcock

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I worked nights on PRR (Pennsylvania RR) power transmission (and every other kind of PRR) towers (and tunnels) back when I was 19.

The tallest I ever worked was atop the Newark Bay (NJ) Bridge, 495' above the water. Eventually, I walked every foot of the PRR rail tunnels under the Hudson, and the LIRR tunnels under the East River.

You get used to it.

But nobody on the crew was over 26, and the foremen were crippled.

One night we had a negligent fatality. The power controller in a power station clear across the Hudson River threw the wrong switch putting 66KV through a friend of mine about 50ft above me on the same tower; and the next day I got myself hired by IBM. It just got too bright that night, and we were up in the middle of a hurricane. Trains gotta run...

That job was not for me, either.

Neither was, actually...

For some reason, death didn't bother me near as much after that night.

Three months after I got hired, I also got drafted into the Marines...

And that is an entirely different story...

Greg
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Would not want job on power towers . The large high-volt transmission towers that span high volt by large waterways are pretty tall easy most go 450' + height . They a way bigger mind fuck climbing than climbing big tall guy tower . You get standing in between armatures on the middle wire support arm with high volt wires under your feet, with high volt hanging above and below you on top and bottom armature. When you climbing around and standing there, your in middle of huge buzzing flux field and you can feel it in your body, Static is just crazy with snapping off anything you touch, It is even worse when it is dry humidity and cold out .
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Yeah no shit.
Who's the retard that put your u bolts backwards?!?! Shit like that is what gets innocent people killed
Yeah no shit. Having safetclimb on ladders/ towers is awesome. Can absolutely fly up and down. The double lanyard 100% sucks, but better than the alternative of free climbing and having an oops.

I have worked in the electrical distribution and generation utilities the last 25 years
 
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I do something similar, just not as high lol. And where I work, there's no scaffolds or ladders. You pretty much have the beams and good luck climbing up them.
 

Greg Langelius *

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In 'Nam, it wasn't the height, it was the VC snipers...; FYI, I was an Engineer Electrician in I Corps, and climbed a lot of poles. Good thing I wasn't in one of those "attractive" MOS's, or I'd probably have been in real trouble...

Sometimes, I just really got to understand how that goat on a rope feels...

IMHO, "VC" and "sniper" is a contradiction in terms.

They had lots of chances...

Greg
 
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mijp5

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I won't say where, or when.....but I know a guy that was once employed as a police sniper who told me when he was young, and needed some money, he used to shoot the light out of a local tower, so he could get the job of changing the bulb.......
That’s the definition of racketeering
 
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I have to make myself watch stuff like this. Makes my legs feel weird. Good job for a young stud. At my age, I’ll pass. I can still hear my dad telling either my brother or I as we climbed up onto barn roofs, grain elevators, etc... “Be careful, that’s not far enough up to kill ya”. Guess he didn’t need a gimped up kid around that had to be fed but couldn’t put in a days work.
 
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