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. Does the person opening the fused cutout need to stay in the circle while performing this task?

No, they do not.

2. Can rubber gloves be put on in the five minute setup time?

No.

 

 

New Construction Framing

1.  Where is the post being hung at and the measurements for framing that?

Event has been updated with pictures in description and also included below.  The top hanger bolt of the transformer is 12″ below the neutral bolt. The neutral is 7′ below the top of the pole.

2. Can we make the transformer up on the ground?

You can make the transformer up on the ground, but you can’t hang your handline on the cutout arm.

3. Can we hang the handline on the cutout arm to pull the transformer up or do we have to use a transformer gin?

You must use a transformer gin.

4. Can work be done while someone is climbing? Example: The lineman on the pole is loosening a nut while the other lineman climbs.

Yes, the first climber can be working (like loosening a nut). Just remember, the handline can NOT be running while anyone is climbing.

5. Can you carry the pole gin outside the bag on the hook?

Yes, the pole gin can be sent up on the handline hook and it can be left on the pole until you finish the entire event.

6. In reference to #8 in the event description, can you install the transformer leads on the ground during the 5-minute setup? **Updated 5/10/22**

No, you are not allowed to install during the 5-minute setup time, but they can be installed on the ground once the time starts.

7. What about material bags? Can they stay on the pole too?

No, the material bags will need to be sent to the ground.

8. Will the split bolt be framed to where the nut end is on the transformer side of the pole?

I’m not sure about the split out bolt. A transformer gin must be used to raise & lower the transformer. You can’t use an eye nut on the split out bolt to hang your blocks.

9. Will the cut out barrel have to be taken out by the long stick after the work is done or can it be taken down in a bag?

The cut out barrel can be send down in a bag.

10. On the new construction framing even for teams, will a transformer gin be provided? Or is it mandatory to use a gin?

Yes a transformer gin must be used and they must be provided by each team.

11. Will there be a current limiting fuse in the transformer, and will the cutout be a load break cutout?

There will not be a current limiting fuse and it will be a disconnect not a load break cutout.

 

 

Obstacle Course

1. Event description updated to include new specs on April 11, 2022.

See event page.

2. Can you hang handline on cross arm braces?

No.

3. Will there be 2 L straps?

No, you will be moving switch and L bracket.

4. Can lineman work without hanging handline off?

No, before work is done, handline must be hung off.

5. Can we hang the running line off on the arms during this event?

Yes, the handline can be hung on the cross arm.

6. Can the first lineman hang the handline off in the bottom arm and then leave it there and work his way up?

No, the lineman must be able to utilize the handline (if they drop something, etc.) they can hang it from the top and work their way down and the second climber can work their way up.

7. Do we need to use ox block hand line on this event or can we use a hook type that can be stuck in the hole of the cross arm?

You can use the hook type as long as that hook is designed for that application.

8. Does the hand line have to be carried up on a break away hook and can it be attached to our belt?

Either way.

9. Are there going to be 2 L-brackets on the cross arm for the cutouts and 2 eye bolts for the deadend bells?

There will be: 1 L-bracket and 2 eye bolts

10. Are the nuts on the L-brackets square?

Yes, they will be square.

11. When we cross over the middle arm, can we keep our secondary around the pole as long as the buck squeeze is attached also?

Once you transition, you must park your secondary safety back on your belt.

 

 

Lightning Arresters

(5/13/22 – Mean time has increased to 9 minutes, drop dead time to 11 minutes)

1. Can you give the specs on the lightning arrester bracket?

Here are the single bolt fiberglass 3 phase arrestor brackets – different manufacturers, same basic construction.
(ITEMID 9160) MOUNT, EQUIPMENT, 3 PHASE , MACLEAN CAT.# G3MAA14813ATB, HUBBELL 3SBM4813DFCLH ALUMA-FORM F3CA-MV-A4813-C4-H

2. Will the old rack that we take down have to be disassembled during the time? Or will we tear it down after the time has stopped?

The old tri mount that is taken down can be disassembled after the time has stopped.

3. What exactly are we doing with the ground in the arrester? Will they stay stapled on the pole?

The grounds will be stapled to the pole. You will loosen the nut on the bottom of the arresters and remove the ground – when you hang the new ones, reattach it.

4. Can we hang the handline above the neutral before we cover it up?

Yes, you just do not need to make contact with it while it’s uncovered.

5. Dose the handline have to be tagged out for the first climber that’s hanging the handline or just the 2nd climber?

Yes must be tagged out for all climbers

6. After everything is assembled, can the lineman on the pole railroad handline or does he have to carry it down?

Last man on the pole will railroad the hand line down before they climb down.

 


Apprentice Events:

Hurtman Rescue 

1. Can rubber gloves be put on in the five minute setup time?

No.

 

 

Fused Cutout Relocation

1. Does the handline have to be brought up with you to go up and relocate the cutout?

No, it does not.

2. When does the time start? After you are tooled up?

You can put your tools on in the 5 minute set up time. Time will start when you touch the pole to attach safety before climbing.

3. Facing the cutout, source side will be on the left side of the mounted position. When you swap the cutout to the opposite position of the pole, will the source side still be on the left or does it change to the right side?

It will still be on the left.

 

 

Transformer Connector Change-out

1. Are rubber gloves or just leather gloves required?

Leather gloves.

2. Event description updated to include new specs on April 12, 2022.

See event page.

3. Will there be a seal on the meter base?

No.

4. Do we have to wear our secondary belt?

Yes.

5. Can the handline be hung on the transformer hanger or does it have to go around the pole?

It can be hung on the transformer hanger.

6. Are we required to actually use the volt meter?

No. When you remove the meter, you will simulate checking the voltage so there is no back feed and that the meter is dead. When you go to make it hot, you will simulate checking the voltage and call out the voltage to the judge (120/120/240).

7. Will there be a cover on the meter base that we will have to take off and put back on when pulling and setting the meter?

Yes, that’s correct.

8. Do we have to set and pull the meter with rubber gloves or leathers?

Leather gloves.

 

Fuse Replacement

1. Does the tail on the fuse have to be cut off?

Yes.

2. Can competitors put on climbing tools bare handed?

Yes, but you must have either your work gloves or rubber gloves on at all other times while inside the event. Rubber gloves must be worn when attaching fall restraint device to the pole.

3. What size fuse is going to be provided?

The competitor supplies the replacement fuse. It must have a one piece washer.

 

Written Test

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Individual Journeyman:

Hurtman Rescue

1. Can rubber gloves be put on in the five minute setup time?

No.

 

 

A1 Pole Framing

1. Will it be a straight pole top pin or offset? Will there be multiple holes drilled in the pole or just factory holes and neutral holes?

An offset pole top pin will be used. There will be multiple holes drilled in the pole. This event will be ran on the same station as the team event “New Construction Framing”, but without the fiberglass bracket and transformer. You can click on that event description to view the specs and pictures – click here.

2. Will be event spec on the neutral be 7′ spacing from the top of the pole like that team event of will it be standard REA spacing (42″ from top of pole)?

It will be 7′ just like the team event specs.

3. Will there be a split bolt in the top of the pole?

There will be a split bolt in the pole prior to the event to remain there all day. The competitors will not have to install or remove the split bolt.

4. What is the framing for this event?

This event will be ran on the same yard as the team event “New Construction Framing”. See the description for that event – click here.

5. On the pole top pin does it matter which way the bolt head is facing and will there by locknuts used on all bolts?

It will be framed like the picture. No locknuts will be used.  See the description with pictures – click here.

6. Are you using the New Construction Framing Spec (pin on gain side with washers and bolt head opposite pin & nut on pin side)? Also, will they use the narrow racks for the neutral framing?

The pole will be framed exactly like the “New Construction Framing” event – click here. At this time, I don’t know what type of neutral rack they will use but I am checking.

7. Do you want the pole framed exactly like the picture on the team event (minus switch arm and transformer). Any particular side you would want the pole top pin or a neutral bracket?

The pole should be framed exactly like the picture, pole cap on the gain.  The neutral spool bolt should be in the same direction as the split bolt.  The split bolt will remain in the pole all day.  The competitors will not have to install or remove the split bolt.

8. When we pull the material up to us in the bag, can we take all the material out of the bag then send the bag down and then frame pole? Example, when we get the material up the pole, slap the pole top pin on, then take the neutral spool out of the bag and climb 7 foot down with the neutral spool in our tool pouch.

You may place the neutral spool in your tool belt or tool pouch and send the material bag down.

9. After the material bag is raised to the pole top can we hang it off on our belt and climb down to the neutral?

The material bag cannot be attached to the lineman’s belt while climbing.

Obstacle Course

1. Event description updated April 11, 2022 to include new specs.

See event page.

2. Can you hang handline on cross arm braces?

No.

3. Will there be 2 L straps?

No, you will be moving switch and L bracket.

4. Can lineman work without hanging handline off?

No, before work is done, handline must be hung off.

5. Can we hang the running line off on the arms during this event?

Yes, the handline can be hung on the cross arm.

6. Do we need to use ox block hand line on this event or can we use a hook type that can be stuck in the hole of the cross arm?

You can use the hook type as long as that hook is designed for that application.

7. Does the hand line have to be carried up on a break away hook and can it be attached to our belt?

Either way.

8. Are there going to be 2 L-brackets on the cross arm for the cutouts and 2 eye bolts for the deadend bells?

There will be: 1 L-bracket and 2 eye bolts

9. Are the nuts on the L-brackets square?

Yes, they will be square.

10. When we cross over the middle arm, can we keep our secondary around the pole as long as the buck squeeze is attached also?

Once you transition, you must park your secondary safety back on your belt.

 

 

Lightning Arrester

1. Are we required to wear rubber gloves?

No. This is a simulated deenergized grounded event so just leather gloves are required.

2. Are we required to take the hotline clamp off-line or can we just take it out of the top of the arrester?

You are not required to take the hotline clamp off.

3. Do the nuts on the arrestor have to be removed to remove the copper?

No.

4. Do we have to use a shotgun stick and remove the jumper to the arrester before changing the arrester out?

No. You do not need to remove the hot line clamp.

5. Can we hang the hand line off of the arrester cluster or does it have to go around the pole?

Either place is fine.

6. When we transfer over the communication line, can we leave our secondary around the pole with our primary or climb with both?

Secondary must be stowed. Climb with your primary only.

 

 


Senior events:

Hurtman Rescue

1. Can rubber gloves be put on in the five minute setup time?

No.

 

Fuse Replacement

1. Does the tail on the fuse have to be cut off?

Yes.

2. Can competitors put on climbing tools bare handed?

Yes, but you must have either your work gloves or rubber gloves on at all other times while inside the event. Rubber gloves must be worn when attaching fall restraint device to the pole.

3. What size fuse is going to be provided?

The competitor supplies the replacement fuse. It must have a one piece washer.

 

 

Fused Cutout Relocation

1. When does the time start? After you are tooled up?

They can put their tools on in the 5 minute set up time. Time will start when they touch the pole to attach safety before climbing.

2. When does the time start? After you are tooled up?

You can put your tools on in the 5 minute set up time. Time will start when you touch the pole to attach safety before climbing.

3. Facing the cutout, source side will be on the left side of the mounted position. When you swap the cutout to the opposite position of the pole, will the source side still be on the left or does it change to the right side?

It will still be on the left.

  


     


         


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