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Long Lining

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Torren61, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Torren61

    Torren61 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I was cleaning up my computer and found these videos. They're from nine years ago.

    This is called a "long line", It's where you have to work a power line but it will take too long for you to hike to where the job is so they have a helicopter pick you up and drop you off at the job site.

    I'm wearing an orange shirt and my phone goes in my pocket while I clip into the line. This would be near Junction City, CA.

    It's fun!

    First, two other guys.



    Then me by myself.



    Sorry about the video quality. It's an old phone.
     
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  2. trev333

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    That's nuts....:eek::lol:

    looks like fun, though...;)
     
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    I saw some guys training for that about five miles from my house when I was coming back from Buena Vista golf course one day. They were picking 'em up, and taking them over and dropping them on some of those big towers that high voltage lines run on. I know they were going through training exercise because they had a bunch of guys there, and nobody did anything after they got on a tower but hang on. Some of them got moved several times while my wife and I looked on.
     
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    I’d have to go by myself. I wouldn’t want to pee on the other guy.
     
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    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    And you get paid to do that!

    You are one bad ass mofo. No wonder you got a girl to marry you from halfway around the world.

    Props.
     
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    My father was a linesman before being promoted through the ranks of telecommunications anf he worked very hard physically. Even his extension ladder was heavy and remember how happy he was to get an Akuminium one. It made life a lot easier than the wood/metal one that weighed well over ten pounds. Try lugging that around all day and working the job.
     
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  8. Guran

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    I worked the lines back around 1990. Never got to do that though. I envy you!
     
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  9. trev333

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    I'm not sure if they swing guys off choppers like that here... you see a lot of chopper rescues where they winch guys up and down from a stationary hover... but not fly too far with them dangling...

    flying with guys on lines would give dept of Aviation and workplace health& safety guys a nightmare, I suspect...:D
     
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    Maybe you've crossed paths with or worked with my linesman brother in law. His home is near Mt. Shasta but he's been doing a lot of work in or closer to bay area or where there has been fire or storm problems.
     
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    Maybe if I was 45 years younger. It looks like a hoot and the view must be incredible
     
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    Holy crap. I dont think so.
    Hope you get hazardous duty pay.
     
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    Called SPIE rigging in the Corps...it's a F***** blast.....just remember...if you are the last guy on the rope...you will be the first one on the ground...start moving the second your feet hit the ground, otherwise, you will have the next guy land on your helmet...and so forth....until you are just a big pile of green.

    Oh...and cross your legs, fold your arms and take the hits if they put you down through trees....otherwise that can end badly ...
    ...and watch out for dumpsters......


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  14. Torren61

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    It's a standard practice here as is working on energized transmission lines from a helicopter. I have not been trained in this but these guys sit on a platform mounted to the helicopter. They are wearing a special suit that will allow them to touch the lines and become the same electrical potential as the lines. As they get close to the lines, they reach out with a metal rod to touch the lines. That energizes them and the helicopter and they work the lines barehanded.

    This video explains it better than I.

     
  15. Torren61

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    Possibly. When I was a contractor, I had quite a number of people in my contacts but since I've been working for the utility company, I don't need such a large network. Ask him if he knows anyone named "Fish". I took on that nickname from shortening my last name. It made it so much easier for people to remember me.
     
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    Nope
     
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    Yeah you would, lol.
     
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    My career was helicopter maintenance. Spent a lot of time riding in them but never been carried by the hook. You're a far braver man than me.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    If someone did slip up on me and tie one of those things to me and yank me up in the air like that, I'd fertilize a forty acre field.
     
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