Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo

Team Events:

**For all team events: The first climber must stop and be in position before the second climber can climb.**

 

Hurtman Rescue 

1.

 

 

Double Dead End Bell Change-Out

1. On the bottom of the phase, does the insulator on the jumper have to be covered or just the jumper?

Yes, the insulator and the jumper must be covered plus the phase on both sides. Remember, the minimum approach distance is 1′ 9″.

2. Can two climbers be climbing at the same time? Does one have to be in a working position for the other to climb?

For all team events: The first climber must stop and be in position before the second climber can start climbing.

3. Does the handline have to be attached to the pole while climbers are climbing or can it be on the belt?

No handline operation while team is climbing.  The only time that the handline can be on a climber’s belt is when he is ascending and descending the pole.

4. Can you hang the handline on the eyebolt while bringing material up?

No, you can’t hang the handline on the eyebolt the bells are hung on.

5. What are the specifics on covering up the top of the pole? Is there a certain type of cover up you’re looking for?

I’m good with any cover that sufficiently covers the pole. Our team will be using a split blanket.

6. Can we cover the neutral by hand?

Rubber gloves must be worn ground to ground.

7. Can we put a blanket on by hand on the middle phase jumper?

You can cover the neutral with your rubber gloves and that would include rubber blankets.

8. Can we touch the phase we are working on or is this a stick event?

This is not a hot stick event.

9. Can we use a blanket with Velcro to cover the pole?

You can use the Velcro rubber blankets as long as it’s made by a rubber blanket manufacturer and not something you have made yourself.

10. Can we use a hoist and grips or do we need to use fiberglass links in our hoist?

You will have to use a link stick.

11. Can you leave your primary safely below the bottom phase and then use your secondary safety belt to help reach the top phase?

No. All work must be performed with your primary safety and your secondary safety must be parked. (Both belts can’t be used at the same time).

12. Can you have one man on the pole and two on the ground or do both lineman have to be on the pole?

It’s your choice on one or two climbing.

13. After both lineman have transferred above the neutral, can then both lineman move to a working position together?

There is nothing in the general rules that says otherwise. But, both lineman must be back in the main safety and not the secondary lanyard.

14.  Are we allowed to use poly bells as our insulated link?

No. You must use a link stick.

 

 

Replace Cross Arm Storm Damage

1. Does the neutral have to be covered up while taking grounds off?

No.

2. Are you allowed to test from the ground with long stick?

Yes, you can test from the ground.

3. Do you have to use a blanket and two guts on the neutral or can you just use a blanket?

You can use a blanket and one hose as long as you stay on that side of the neutral doing your test and brushing if doing it off the pole.

4. Do we actually test and brush the conductor or just simulate it?

Yes, you must physically brush and test.

5. Do we have to put a screw ground down for equipotential grounding?

No, they will not have to put it in a screw ground. We will say that the neutral will be an adequate grounding source for this situation.

6. Can we hook the stick pin on the arm to raise and lower as long as it’s not the split out side?

Yes.

7. We have grounds manufactured with stick attached and are only 7ft long – is that okay?

Yes.

8. Can we split the handline while pulling up the grounds and arm?

Yes, you can split the handline.

9. Can we uncover the neutral after testing and grounding?

Yes.

 

 

4KV Cross Arm Change-Out

1. Does the arm have to go back on the same side of the pole that it came off of?

Yes.

2. Do the bolts go all the way through the arm or is it the kind of arm that will slip off?

Yes, the bolts go all the way through. But, they can be loosened and the arm can be lifted off without removing the bolts.

3. Are you allowed to hang blankets on handline hook or do they have to be in a bag?

General rules state to use material bag to send material up and down the pole.

4. What is the mean and drop dead time?

Mean time is 10 minutes. Drop dead time is 15 minutes.

 

 


Apprentice Events:

Hurtman Rescue 

1.

 

 

Transformer Tap Change

1. How far is the meter pole from the transformer pole?

The meter pole is located 30 feet from the transformer pole.

2. Will gaff guards need to be put on to check voltage?

Yes, gaff guards will need to be worn outside the pole circle.

3. Does the handline have to be hanging off the pole or can it be on the transformer hangers?

The handline must be hung off the pole or any fixed equipment on the pole.

4. Will the meter base have a cover or will the lugs be exposed?

The meter base will have a cover on the actual meter base.

5. The spec picture and realistic picture show two different framing setups, which do we use?

The event will be setup and framed per the spec diagram.

6. What are we hanging the tool bag on?

J Hooks will be available.

7. Rules state hot stick has to be in bag when not in use – can the clamp be left in the hot stick as long as the stock is in the bag?

Clamp can be left in hot stick but stick must be entirely in the bag.

8. Can you specify what type of tap changer will be on the transformer?

Cap will be screw type. Remove cap, announce tap change, install cap.

9. Does tap changer cap have to come completely off and then back on or can we just touch it and call out “tap stepped”?

Cap has to come completely off, announce “tap change” and screw cap back on.

10. Rules state time will start when the volt meter is picked up. If you cut the seal and pull the meter before picking up volt meter, will time start when you pick up volt meter?

Time will start when any tool is removed from the mat.

11. Will meter base have a band to install or is it just a cover?

Meter base will have a cover.

12. Is there a certain starting voltage that has to be announced at the start?

A certain voltage is not required. “High Voltage”, “130-260”, etc. can be announced.

13. Is there a certain distance you need to be from the cutout when closing it back in?

MAD rules will apply.

 

CSP Transformer Arrestor Change

1. Does the handline have to be attached around the pole or can you hang it off the J hook?

Around the pole or the J hooks. Please do not use transformer hangers.

2. On the bottom side of the arrestor, is it #6 copper or a grounded strap?

A flat grounded strap

 

LED Security Light Change-Out

1. Is this a rubber glove event?

No. This is a de-energized event.

2. What kind of connectors are going to be used on the Romax wire?

Burndy Tapit ALCU 8-1/0 – 1 bolt parallel grove clamp. Catalog #UCG25RS

3. Do we have to change out the whole light head or just the LED part?

The whole light fixture/head will be replaced.

4. What type of LED light will be used in this event?

American Electric Lighting part #ATBM P05 MVOLT R2.

5. Will the competitors will have to disconnect/reinstall the #10 wire connections inside the light head as well as the specified single bolt connectors?

Competitors will have to disconnect & reconnect the hot leg split bolt connection and the connections inside the lights.

6. Do you have a picture of the connector that connects the street light wires together?

 

 

 

Written Test

1. 

 


Individual Journeyman:

Hurtman Rescue

1.

 

 

Double Dead End Bell Change-Out

1.

4KV Insulator Change-Out

1.

 

Transformer Tap Change

1. How far is the meter pole from the transformer pole?

The meter pole is located 30 feet from the transformer pole.

2. Will gaff guards need to be put on to check voltage?

Yes, gaff guards will need to be worn outside the pole circle.

3. Does the handline have to be hanging off the pole or can it be on the transformer hangers?

The handline must be hung off the pole or any fixed equipment on the pole.

4. Will the meter base have a cover or will the lugs be exposed?

The meter base will have a cover on the actual meter base.

5. The spec picture and realistic picture show two different framing setups, which do we use?

The event will be setup and framed per the spec diagram.

6. What are we hanging the tool bag on?

J Hooks will be available.

7. Rules state hot stick has to be in bag when not in use – can the clamp be left in the hot stick as long as the stock is in the bag?

Clamp can be left in hot stick but stick must be entirely in the bag.

8. Can you specify what type of tap changer will be on the transformer?

Cap will be screw type. Remove cap, announce tap change, install cap.

9. Does tap changer cap have to come completely off and then back on or can we just touch it and call out “tap stepped”?

Cap has to come completely off, announce “tap change” and screw cap back on.

10. Rules state time will start when the volt meter is picked up. If you cut the seal and pull the meter before picking up volt meter, will time start when you pick up volt meter?

Time will start when any tool is removed from the mat.

11. Will meter base have a band to install or is it just a cover?

Meter base will have a cover.

12. Is there a certain starting voltage that has to be announced at the start?

A certain voltage is not required. “High Voltage”, “130-260”, etc. can be announced.

13. Is there a certain distance you need to be from the cutout when closing it back in?

MAD rules will apply.

 

 

 


Senior events:

Hurtman Rescue

1.

 

Transformer Tap Change

1. How far is the meter pole from the transformer pole?

The meter pole is located 30 feet from the transformer pole.

2. Will gaff guards need to be put on to check voltage?

Yes, gaff guards will need to be worn outside the pole circle.

3. Does the handline have to be hanging off the pole or can it be on the transformer hangers?

The handline must be hung off the pole or any fixed equipment on the pole.

4. Will the meter base have a cover or will the lugs be exposed?

The meter base will have a cover on the actual meter base.

5. The spec picture and realistic picture show two different framing setups, which do we use?

The event will be setup and framed per the spec diagram.

6. Do seniors have to wear rubber gloves for this event?

Yes.

7. What are we hanging the tool bag on?

J Hooks will be available.

8. Rules state hot stick has to be in bag when not in use – can the clamp be left in the hot stick as long as the stock is in the bag?

Clamp can be left in hot stick but stick must be entirely in the bag.

9. Can you specify what type of tap changer will be on the transformer?

Cap will be screw type. Remove cap, announce tap change, install cap.

10. Does tap changer cap have to come completely off and then back on or can we just touch it and call out “tap stepped”?

Cap has to come completely off, announce “tap change” and screw cap back on.

11. Rules state time will start when the volt meter is picked up. If you cut the seal and pull the meter before picking up volt meter, will time start when you pick up volt meter?

Time will start when any tool is removed from the mat.

12. Will meter base have a band to install or is it just a cover?

Meter base will have a cover.

13. Is there a certain starting voltage that has to be announced at the start?

A certain voltage is not required. “High Voltage”, “130-260”, etc. can be announced.

14. Is there a certain distance you need to be from the cutout when closing it back in?

MAD rules will apply.

 

CSP Transformer Arrestor Change

1. Do seniors need to wear rubber gloves for this event?

No, this is a leather glove event.

2. Does the handline have to be attached around the pole or can you hang it off the J hook?

Around the pole or the J hooks. Please do not use transformer hangers.

3. On the bottom side of the arrestor, is it #6 copper or a grounded strap?

A flat grounded strap

 

 

      


       


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