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Happy Lineman Appreciation Day.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by glenlivet, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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  2. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Linemen... because even firemen need someone to look up to.

     
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  3. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I've witnessed a few fireballs and "whoopsies" but I've not been responsible but for one.

    It was about 35 years ago and I was a pretty new apprentice. I was in a bucket truck with a lineman and we were going to connect a circuit together, both sides of which were energized. Now, today, you would need a phasing set to test the wires you were going to connect to make sure they are the same phase. If they're the same phase and you connect to energized phases together... nothing. BUT... if they're not the same phase, it can be catastrophic.

    So, the lineman says "This jumper goes to that phase. When you put it on that conductor, make sure you go on quickly and firmly just in case there's difference in potential." I was making the connection by hand wearing rubber gloves. I did exactly as he instructed and it turned out to be two different phases of 12Kva high voltage line. One thing saved us from getting a HUGE fireball and being seriously burned or killed. We were about ten feet away from three 100 amp fused cutouts. When those fuses blew, it sounded like a cannon going off.
    BOOM!!!

    It panicked that lineman so bad he almost ran us into the energized line trying to get us away. If I had known better, I would have been panicked, too. I didn't fully understand how lucky we were.

     
  4. Festofish

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    Fully expected Wichita lineman by Glenn Campbell!
     
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    Mike M Tele-Holic

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    Your wish is my command

     
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    the song is too vague. Is he a high vintage badass like @Torren61, or is a Ma Bell guy? Nothing wrong with the latter. My uncle worked for GTE for 40 years as a line guy and retired a millionaire in 1995.

    He’s a lineman for the county. In what state is that a thing? Is that county in KS or TX? Is he a creepy stalker listening to some unsuspecting girl’s conversations, or a love sick electrical lineman who imagines the wind in the wires to be his girl reaching out to him? Is he a harmless blue collar guy or a dangerous psychopath? is he delusional from lack of human contact or a troubled loner? We will never know ....
     
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  7. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    After the bang, ....lots of smoke...and a bunch of guys moving pretty fast.

    Big wires should not touch *anything* inside the transformer box.

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    luckily, not my problem....at least this part of it.
     
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    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    My power stayed on in the February freeze! Thank you, linemen. Coz you installed the cables right! And the power outages nearby were quickly fixed.

    As to the wind in the wires - it's Eddy Arnold's last Cattle Call.
     
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    Supposedly Jimmy Webb was driving through southern Oklahoma when he saw a solitary lineman on a telephone line in Washita Oklahoma. He came up with the song then but called it Wichita rather than Washita.
     
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    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    As long as they can hear you through the wire, I’m happy.
     
  12. Torren61

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    I am a lineman for the county
    And I drive the main road
    Searchin' in the sun for another overload... If he's searchin' in the sun for another overload, he's unlikely to find it that way.

    I hear you singing in the wire
    I can hear you through the whine
    And the Wichita lineman
    Is still on the line... When the wind blows, it sometimes makes the lines vibrate and make a whining noise. It can also cause induction on the line which can shock the crap out of you even if the line is de-energized. He loves her so much that he thinks of her even while he's working. That's when I elbow my bucket partner and say "Hey! Pull your head out of your azz. I need you to focus on what we're doin'."

    I know I need a small vacation
    But it don't look like rain
    And if it snows that stretch down south
    Won't ever stand the strain... Contractor linemen generally have a clause that states they don't work in the rain. If you show up to work and it's raining, you get two hours paid and you go home. If you start work and it starts raining, you get four hours paid and you go home.

    And I need you more than want you
    And I want you for all time
    And the Wichita lineman
    Is still on the line... Still on the line probably means that he's still working.

    And I need you more than want you
    And I want you for all time
    And the Wichita lineman
    Is still on the line... Still working

    I looked up the Wiki on this and it says Jimmy Webb, the songwriter, was inspired by a telephone lineman but there are lines in the song that would only be relevant to an electrical lineman. The parts about a small vacation, searchin' for an overload, hear you through the whine... those are things related to the electrical trade and not the communications trade. But, I'm probably wrong.
     
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    I wish Cotton was a monkey. (I can't post this YouTube. I just can't.)
     
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    the greatest song ever written or performed (campbell version) in my mind.

    it is perfect in every way.

    Big John would love this thread.
     
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    Here's Mr. Campbell live, nice solo (warning- strat) at about 2:10



    And yes, he did play right tackle for Cleveland
     
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    Great respect for linemen/line women. Because of them we’ve never gone over 3 months without power after a major storm.
     
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    The unsung heroes during natural disasters. Much respect.
     
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    Uhhhh, I kinda like Send Me Down to Tuscon :)
     
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    My Dad was a Lineman before promotion to management. We got a free phone and a Doge pickup for when he was called out, often on miserable stormy nights, to an emergency call.
    He gave us all an incredible work ethic.
     
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    My Dad was a Linesman, too.... for the gov telephone company, putting phone lines underground and joining them, throughout the city after the war... he had a job for life, ended up estimating costs for all the new work..:)
     
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