Team Events:

Hurtman Rescue

 1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

2. Will the climber be allowed to split the hand line on the ground before he ascends the pole or should we plan splitting it after we hang it?

The rules say that before dropping the hook you must call out headache when dropping hook in the circle at the base of the pole.  So it will have to be snapped when carrying it up the pole.

3. Does the OX Block need to be carried up the pole on a breakaway hook?

Due to the weight of the OX Block bending the hook, it will not need to be carried on the hook.  It cannot be snapped into any D-ring.

 

Dead End Insulator Replacement

 1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

 2. Can the man on the pole taking grounds off make back hot or do you have to close from the ground?

All the work on the double dead end pole will be done by Lineman on the pole.

3. Does lineman changing out the insulator have to transition above the neutral?

Yes, lineman working dead end pole must transition above neutral and go back into full fall restraint before replacing dead end insulator.

4. What is the measurement between primary and neutral?

The measurement between neutral and primary is 60 in.

 

New Installation of 3 Phase Pad Mount Transformer

1. Do you have a part number for the T-Crimp?

Hubbell Anderson, VC2L500500, TEE, COPPER COMPRESSION

 2. Is the neutral in pad or on the pole being covered?

You will need to cover the neutral on the pole.

3. Can line make hot from pole or has to be on the ground?

You can make the riser hot from the ground or the pole, it is your choice.

4. What is the secondary switch?

If you will look at the picture of the transformer at the primary side, you will see a switch in between the H1A and H1B bushings.

5. What is the insulation level or mil thickness of insulation of the 25 KV URD wire to be used?

The mil thickness of the 25 KV URD wire is 260 MILS.

6. Can you show a picture of the secondary switch on the pad mount?

7. Can we use the thin mechanic type gloves while making up elbows and grounding the can instead of the thick climbing gloves?

Yes, you can wear mechanic type gloves when making up the elbows and the grounding.

8. Do we need to have rubber gloves on while installing the elbows with the shotgun stick?

No, you do not have to wear rubber gloves while plugging elbows on with the shotgun stick.  Reason why is you should not put high sides on till elbows are plugged on in the transformer.

9. Can we tighten the parking strands with a screwdriver or crescent wrench or do they need to be tightened with a shotgun stick?

Yes, you can tighten them with something besides a shotgun stick.

10. Can we hang the cutout barrels off of the hand line hook holding the long bag that contains the shotgun stick and a gut?

Yes, as long as there is a bag up under them.

11. In the event picture, it looks like one end of the #4 copper is dead ended in the case ground lug. It then hits the ground rod and runs through the grounding T and keeps going.  Where does the other end of the #4 copper go to?

The #4 going through the tee is just the cut off, it does not go to anything.  What you are seeing is some excess sticking through.

12. Do you want the #4 copper and arrestor grounds squeezed together through the middle of the grounding T and all three concentric neutrals squeezed together in one side of the grounding T?

On crimping the grounds in the copper tee, there is really no set way of putting them in.  You can put them in whatever order you want. The picture is just for an example of one way to do it. You could put it all in one side if you can make them fit.

13. Can you put the arrestors, parking stands and insulating caps on by hand?

Yes, you can put the arrestors, parking stands and insulating caps on by hand but you must do the final set with a shotgun stick on the arrestor and insulating cap.

14. When you put the elbows on by stick, can a lineman with rubber glvoes help line up the elbow?

Yes, he can help.

15. Where will the wire reel be in relation to the transformer?

The wire trailer will be directly behind the transformer.  There will be a small piece of conduit going from the back of the transformer to the inside of the transformer.

16. Can we wear secondary gloves or do we need to wear primary gloves?

You can wear secondary gloves when checking rotation & voltage.

17. Is the cable 25kv or 15kv?

The cable is 25kv.

18. When you call out the phasing, you’re asking for correct voltage A/ground 120, B/ground 120, C/ground 120, — A/B 208, B/C 208, A/C 208?

Calling out voltage is what we are looking for. They will hook up the phase meter and will say rotation is ABC, then take their voltmeter and touch the secondary bushings and call out the correct voltages as they touch them.

19. In this event, it says to make up to manufacturers specifications and I didn’t see mastic and black tape on the cable in the pictures.  Will that be required in making up elbows and if so will those items be supplied?

The elbow that we are using is a standard elbow and not he integral jacket.  There will not be any mastic or black tape.

20. Will the peeling kit be provided or do we bring our own?

You will have to bring your own.

 

 

Single Phase Reclosure Change-Out

1. Will the nuts be 9/16 or ¾?

The reclosure they will be using has ¾” nuts on both ground lug and primary bushings.

2. If you have neutral covered up before taking clamps off will it be a deduction if you get against the neutral?

Incidental contact would be allowed if neutral is covered. If contact is prolonged/flagrant it will be at the judge’s discretion to penalize.

 3. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

4. Can you touch the neutral with your rubber gloves? Example: Putting grounds on by hand?

Yes.

5. Can you check for voltage with the voltage detector on the telescope stick from the ground?

Yes.

6. Can lineman kill line fuse after breaker is opened with tools on as long as gaff guards are on?

Yes.

7. Can neutral end of ground be put on by hand then primary end put on with shotgun?

Yes.

8. Can you leave the shotgun in the air attached to the eye of the ground after you ground the line or do you need to lower them back down to the ground?

The stick must be put back in the bag after use.

9. Does the extendo stick have to be in the eye of the cutout door to open and close the cutout?

Yes.

10. Can you use two ox blocks as your two way blocks to raise and lower the reclosure?

If the blocks are rated above the working load limit,  yes.

11. Can the two climbers tool up during setup time, or will you be required to put your belt and hooks on after time starts?

Tools can be put on during setup time. Gaff guards must be worn outside of event pole circle.

12. When you say 2 way block is two single sheave handline block allowed or does it have to be 2 sheave blocks?

Two single blocks are allowed as long as they are rated above the load weight.  You should make sure the blocks/sheaves are marked with their W.L.L. (Working Load Limit).

13. Will teams be allowed to use one ground and close solid blade bypass to ground both sides of line?

No, grounds need to be placed on both sides of work area.

14. Is there a limit on the number of stocks that can be used?

No.

15. Is the use of cover required on the neutral?

No.

16. Will journeymen who are running long sticks be required to wear rubber gloves when opening OCR and switches from the ground?

No.

17. Will the meter base and conduit be on the same pole as the reclosure or the switch pole?

Meter base will be mounted on the transformer pole.

 


Apprentice Events:

Hurtman Rescue

1. Do you have a picture or know what the structure will be that the tools will have to be on… that simulates the truck bin?

Yes. Picture below.

 2. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

3. Will the climber be allowed to split the hand line on the ground before he ascends the pole or should we plan splitting it after we hang it?

The rules say that before dropping the hook you must call out headache when dropping hook in the circle at the base of the pole.  So it will have to be snapped when carrying it up the pole.

4. Do we need to wear leathers while tooling up then switch to rubbers before ascending pole?

That is your option to wear leather gloves while tooling up (not a requirement), but before ascending pole you must have your rubber gloves on.

5. Will rubbers be on the truck bin structure or can they be at the base of the pole?

Rubber gloves will have to be in glove bag with both buttons snapped and hanging or placed on the structure and not laying on the ground.

6. Since we’re taking up the ox block, can we work either side of the rescue dummy / right or left hand side?

You may work either side of the rescue dummy (your choice).

7. Can our body belt be put on at the truck bin structure?

Your belt, hooks and rubber gloves must be carried and put on at the rescue pole inside the painted circle.

8. Does the choker of the ox block need to be clipped in on the carabiner while climbing?

No, but that is your choice. In a normal situation, it is not clipped together.

9. Does the OX Block need to be carried up the pole on a breakaway hook?

Due to the weight of the OX Block bending the hook, it will not need to be carried on the hook.  It cannot be snapped into any D-ring.

10. Can you give some clarification on question 4 about leather & rubber gloves while putting on your tools?

You do not have to wear leather gloves unless you want them on.  It is not mandatory to wear leather gloves while putting on your tools. When you retrieve your belt, tools & rubber gloves, you will carry them to the rescue pole before putting anything on.

 

 

A-1 Connector Change-Out

1. Exactly which 3 connectors are to be changed the two hot legs and neutral on the service?

The connectors change-out will be on the under built, meaning (leads coming from pot to under built).

2. Do we actually have to have a voltage meter or just verbally say that we checked voltage?

Just verbally on voltage so that in real life you would have really tested it.

3. Do we have to change fuse in barrel and what size needs to go back in?

No changing of fuse, you’re just getting air clearance.

4. Are we allowed to use this to raise and lower cutout barrel?

Yes. Picture below.

5. Do we have to wear rubber gloves on this event or just use leather?

Just leather gloves.

 6. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

 

Skill Climb

1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primary’s.

2. Can we use our own long stick or are you supplying one?

I will be supplying sticks you can use your own as long as it has not been modified

3. Do we need to change the fuse in the barrel or just bring it down?

The fuse will need to be changed.

4. Are there 2 suspension insulators on one side of pole or one on both sides?

There will be a suspension insulator on each side of the arm.

5. Can extension stick touch body or ground?

The stick can touch the ground but not the body for an extended time.

6. Will there be a nut and washer on empty cutout and arrestor brackets?

There will be a nut and washer.

7. Is the suspension insulators on both of the arm (like a double dead end)?

The suspension insulators will be on the same side of the arm not a double dead end.

8. How far is the top arm from the bottom of the pole?

The suspension insulator arm is 7 feet below the arm at the top of the pole.

 9. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

10. What size cut-out will be used?

Aluma-Form CS15-100 15kVA Polymer. Pictures below.

11. What size arrestor will be used?

Ohio Brass PDV100 HD 9kV. Pictures below.

12. What size bell will be used?

Salisbury, Part #9502U-SI 27kV Poly Bell. Pictures below.

 13. Are you allowed to step on the cross arm?

No.

14. Can you use the cross arm or brace to pull yourself up?

No.

15. Can you change the fuse when you bring it down or does it have to be fused after you’re done and you’re fixing to put it back in?

It has to be refused before closing.

16. Will the Cutout, Arrestor and Insulator be mounted on the same side as the braces or on the opposite side of the arm?

See picture below.

17. Are we required to carry a hand line on this event? (UPDATED)

There will already be a handline on the pole when you get to the event.

 

 

2 Phase Insulator Change-Out

1. Are you going to use #2 ACSR for the rodeo in all the events?  Also, do you have a part number for the insulator?

Yes, all OH primary and secondary will be #2 ACSR. Below are pictures of the product information for the insulator and preformed tie.

 2. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

 

Written Test

1. Where and what books will be good resources for the general knowledge and basic math?

I don’t really have a resource for the general knowledge. It could be on-the-job knowledge passed down from other lineworkers or information obtained through the apprentice’s course work.  The basic math questions consist of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The questions are basic enough that the apprentice can perform the math without a calculator.

 


Individual Journeyman:

Hurtman Rescue

1. Do you have a picture or know what the structure will be that the tools will have to be on… that simulates the truck bin?

Yes. Picture below.

  2. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

3. Will the climber be allowed to split the hand line on the ground before he ascends the pole or should we plan splitting it after we hang it?

The rules say that before dropping the hook you must call out headache when dropping hook in the circle at the base of the pole.  So it will have to be snapped when carrying it up the pole.

4. Do we need to wear leathers while tooling up then switch to rubbers before ascending pole?

That is your option to wear leather gloves while tooling up (not a requirement), but before ascending pole you must have your rubber gloves on.

5. Will rubbers be on the truck bin structure or can they be at the base of the pole?

Rubber gloves will have to be in glove bag with both buttons snapped and hanging or placed on the structure and not laying on the ground.

6. Since we’re taking up the ox block, can we work either side of the rescue dummy / right or left hand side?

You may work either side of the rescue dummy (your choice).

7. Can our body belt be put on at the truck bin structure?

Your belt, hooks and rubber gloves must be carried and put on at the rescue pole inside the painted circle.

8. Does the choker of the ox block need to be clipped in on the carabiner while climbing?

No, but that is your choice. In a normal situation, it is not clipped together.

9. Does the OX Block need to be carried up the pole on a breakaway hook?

Due to the weight of the OX Block bending the hook, it will not need to be carried on the hook.  It cannot be snapped into any D-ring.

 

12kV B8 Polymer Insulator Change-Out

 1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

 2. Is it okay to hang the handline on the crossarm?

Yes.

 

A-3 Suspension Insulator Change-Out

1. Can we use the strap on ox block for sling?

The Ox Block strap can be used if it is the factory strap that is rated for 2500 pounds and must be attached either as a choker or as a basket with a carabiner.  If the strap has the orange hook then it will NOT be allowed to be used in the basket configuration.

2. Do we have to use grips?

Wire grips must be used.

3. Do we have to wear rubber gloves?

Rubber gloves do not have to be worn.

 4. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

5. Will there be a j hook on either side of the pole at the guy?

We will place a j-hook on both sides of the pole, even with the guy.

 6. If standing outside the angle of the wire, can your brim be above the wire?

Outside of the angle of the wire, the lineman can climb as high as he wants.

 7. Can we put bag on ox block are do we have to use j hook?

Yes, you can hang your bag on the block.

8. Can we use old pins in bells or do we have to use new ones?

The pins must be changed out.

9. To clarify, we won’t be taking the wire loose from the angle shoe…only unpinning the epoxy bell from the show and I bolt?

Yes, correct. The angle show will not have to be changed out.

10. A questions before asked if we had to change the pins on the bells with new ones or use the old ones and the answer was you have to use new pins. With that being said, if we do have to change to new, a bell only comes with one pin.  The other pin comes new in the angle shoe which we aren’t changing. So, is something different since ‘pins’ is plural as in two?

It’s just the pin in the polymer.

 

 

3 Phase Pad Trouble Call

 1. What is the secondary switch?

If you will look at the picture of the transformer at the primary side, you will see a switch in between the H1A and H1B bushings.

2. Will you have a voltmeter and phasing tool or do we need to bring one?

There will be a volt meter and phase meter provided at the event.  If you want to use your own volt meter, I do not have a problem with that.

3. Will there be a place to lay fuses and volt meter or can we lay them on the ground?

There will be a wire reel at the transformer for you to use as a work station.

4. Does the top life up on the transformer?

No, it does not. It is fixed.

5. Can you show a picture of the secondary switch on the pad mount?

6. Can we wear secondary gloves or do we need to wear primary gloves?

You can wear secondary gloves when checking rotation & voltage.

7. Are the doors going to be shut or are they going to be locked with the bolts tightened?

Yes. The doors will be shut with the handle turned down and the bolt tightened. There will not be a one time lock on the transformer.

8. Do we need to bring a shotgun stick are will there be one there?

There will be a shotgun stick there if you need one or you can bring your own.

9. Can we use secondary gloves for the whole event?

When working on the primary side (switching the secondary switch and pulling the relief value and pulling bayonet fuses) you must wear primary gloves.  When you are working on the secondary side (checking voltage, checking phasing) you can wear secondary gloves.

10. When you call out the phasing, you’re asking for correct voltage A/ground 120, B/ground 120, C/ground 120, — A/B 208, B/C 208, A/C 208?

Calling out voltage is what we are looking for. They will hook up the phase meter and will say rotation is ABC, then take their voltmeter and touch the secondary bushings and call out the correct voltages as they touch them.

11. Can we use the pad in front of the transformers to check bayonets?

Yes, but there will be a wire reel provided to use as a work tables if the lineman chooses.

12. When we first pull out the bayonet fuses can we ohm them inside the fuse housing or do we have to pull all three fuses completely out?

You can ohm them out in the fuse holder, you do not have to take the fuse out to ohm it.

 

 


Senior events:

Hurtman Rescue

 1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

2. Will the climber be allowed to split the hand line on the ground before he ascends the pole or should we plan splitting it after we hang it?

The rules say that before dropping the hook you must call out headache when dropping hook in the circle at the base of the pole.  So it will have to be snapped when carrying it up the pole.

3. Does the OX Block need to be carried up the pole on a breakaway hook?

Due to the weight of the OX Block bending the hook, it will not need to be carried on the hook.  It cannot be snapped into any D-ring.

 

3 Phase Pad Trouble Call

1. What is the secondary switch?

If you will look at the picture of the transformer at the primary side, you will see a switch in between the H1A and H1B bushings.

2. Will you have a voltmeter and phasing tool or do we need to bring one?

There will be a volt meter and phase meter provided at the event.  If you want to use your own volt meter, I do not have a problem with that.

3. Will there be a place to lay fuses and volt meter or can we lay them on the ground?

There will be a wire reel at the transformer for you to use as a work station.

4. Does the top life up on the transformer?

No, it does not. It is fixed.

5. Can you show a picture of the secondary switch on the pad mount?

6. Can we wear secondary gloves or do we need to wear primary gloves?

You can wear secondary gloves when checking rotation & voltage.

7.  When we first pull out the bayonet fuses can we ohm them inside the fuse housing or do we have to pull all three fuses completely out?

You can ohm them out in the fuse holder, you do not have to take the fuse out to ohm it.

 

Jack Jumper

 1. Would it be okay to use two primary fall arrest instead of a primary and a secondary rope?

No you cannot use two primaries.

2. Can you use the Grab-It Tool?

Yes. See picture below.

3. Do we have to use a handline or can we use a tag line?

You can use a tag line.

 

Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo