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.

 

 

Mystery Event

1.

 

 

Polyinsulator Change-Out

1. Can the clamps on the cutout be taken off by hand or will we have to use a stick for removal?

Yes, they can be taken off by hand. Just maintain MAD.

2. Do we cover up the primary too?

You don’t have to cover primary as long as you maintain MAD.

3. What cover is allowed? Rubber or plastic?

Rubber or plastic

4. Do the stirrups stay on the wire or do they come off and change as well?

Stirrups stay

5. What is proper for straps to hang your link sticks in?

Most people use a nylon sling to go around the pole then link stick then hoist

6. Does this event start with climbing tools already on?

Yes, climbing gear already on.

7. Do the new jumpers being sent up need to be rolled up?

However you want to send them up.

8. Can one lineman change on side of the insulator while the other lineman works the other side?

NO. That would be considered 2 different potentials.

9. What size cutouts and bells will be used?

10. On the mad zone are we good as long as nothing touches the wire besides our gloves or do we have to maintain 2ft2 the whole time? That would require sleeves right?

That will be fine. Just maintain a nice distance. If you feel you will get really close then I would suggest sleeves.

11. Once the hotline clamps are off can we close the cutout door just during the swap?

Yes.

12. Can you climb with the squeeze and the secondary at the same time?

No, you can not climb or work with the secondary safety. Once a climber transitions, the secondary must be parked back on a D-ring.

13. What all has to be in a grunt bag and what does not?

Any tools not on the climbing belt, hoist etc.

14. Does the neutral have to be covered before a climber goes past it? My question is can second man up cover it with handline at the top?

The neutral must be covered before any climber goes above it.

15. Can the groundman make the new switch up with the new jumpers on the ground?

Yes, after the time starts.

16. Only one man can climb at once correct?

Correct. Only one at a time.

17. Does the hoist have to be in a noise bag? Or can it be hung on the hand line hook?

Bag but switch can go up on handline.

18. Will there be 2 cut out barrels or will we have to reuse the the barrel that is in the cutout that is mounted on the pole?

There will be another switch and barrell on the ground

19.  What are the permanent connections that have to be brushed and do you have to use a brush or can you juat say that you are brushing them?

Stirrups – Wire going into switch and going into hot line clamp – Bring brush

 

C8 Arm Replacement

1. Will the braces bolts and DA bolts have lock nuts?

No lock nuts will be used.

2. Will there be new material at the base of the pole before time starts such as bells, pin and insulators, and a crossarm? Or, will we have to send everything to the ground and back up and re use?

The only new material at the base old the pole will be a 8′ cross arm.

3. If there is a new arm at the base of the pole before time starts will the braces already be installed or will we have to install the braces on the arm after the time starts?

The team will have to reuse the braces that are on the cross arm they take down.

4. What sized braces will be used on the top arms of this event?

The braces are 36″ wood.

5. When standing on the single arm side of the pole your pictures have two steel pins and insulators on the right side and the pictures from the rodeo grounds have the two steel pins and insulators on the left how will it be framed the day of the rodeo?

If you are standing on the ground looking up and the lower cross arm is on the side you are standing, the center phase insulators will be on the right side of the pole.

6. Will there be any lock nuts used on this event?

There will not be any lock nuts used on this event.

 


Apprentice Events:

Hurtman Rescue 

1.

 

 

Wooden Brace Change-Out

1. Will there be J hooks to attach our bags on?

There will be no J hooks on the pole. You can hang your bag however you’d like.

2. Will the arms be tight enough when we take both braces off, will the arm stay in place?

The arms will bot be tight enough to stay in place once the braces are removed.

3. Will the braces be on the bolt side or will they be on the nut side?

The braces will be on the bolt side as shown in the pictures posted with the event.

4. Will there be any deducts for the cross arm tilting when changing braces and if so, can the cross arm D A bolt nut be tightened down to keep the arm straight?

There won’t be a deduct for the arm tilting. You cannot tighten the arm up also it will have double nuts on it.

 

Arrestor Change-Out

1. How will the top side of the arrestor be made up?

Small jumper wire with an eye on end like a new transformer would have on it.

2. Will the competitors be allowed to hang their handline on the mounting legs of the transformer instead of the j-hook?

They can keep it on their belt or j-hook.

3. Will the bolt fall out that holds the arrestor on?

No, they are going to spot weld it.

 

Slack Blocks

1. Are we allowed to feed the rope through the slack blocks in our five minute prep?

No prep work can be done during set up time.

2. Are we allowed to tape up the ends of our rope in our five minute prep?

Rope ends will already be taped when given to competitor.

3. Can the rope ends be burnt?

No, the rope ends cannot be burnt. Both ends of the rope will be taped.

4. Can the taped ends be cut off after time starts?

Yes, the tape can be cut off after time starts.

5. Can the rope be separated and have the ends ready to splice during setup?

No prep work can be done during set up time.

6.  Are we required to have a back splice or will a knot work on working end?

A back splice or knot is not required on the running end of the rope.

7. For setup, will we be able to have tape cut and on the table before time starts?

Competitor may arrange everything the way he wants during set up time, but can not cut the tape or rope before time starts.

8. Are we allowed once the rope is separated into the 3 strands can we tape each individual strand the length we have separated?

Yes.

 

Written Test

1. 

 


Individual Journeyman:

Hurtman Rescue

1.

 

 

B1 Tie-In

1. Is there a certain place that we have to stand prior to the event and can we lay our tools at the base of the pole?

No, there is not a certain place to stand and you can place your tools at the base of the pole.

2. Can we snap the handline directly to the j-hook or does the becket have to wrap around the pole?

You can snap the handline directly to the j-hook or have tail wrapped around pole or crosssarm.

3. Will the handline be a running split? Does the dog snap has to be in the hook?

The handline will be one piece and snapped together.

Wooden Brace Change-Out

1. Will there be J hooks to attach our bags on?

There will be no J hooks on the pole. You can hang your bag however you’d like.

2. Will the arms be tight enough when we take both braces off, will the arm stay in place?

The arms will bot be tight enough to stay in place once the braces are removed.

3. Will the braces be on the bolt side or will they be on the nut side?

The braces will be on the bolt side as shown in the pictures posted with the event.

4. Will there be any deducts for the cross arm tilting when changing braces and if so, can the cross arm D A bolt nut be tightened down to keep the arm straight?

There won’t be a deduct for the arm tilting. You cannot tighten the arm up also it will have double nuts on it.

 

Dead Lift

1. Since the copper will be resting on foam, is it a deduction if the foam is cracked when the weight is dropped?

Yes, you will get a 2 point deduction if the foam breaks. A new piece of foam will be changed out for every lineman. Make sure you let it down hand over hand and not let it free fall and catch it last minute

2. Addition made to event description 4.25.23 –

#4 on description: Using both hands on the line, the Journeyman will lift the spools off the ground until the clevis comes into contact with the top of the roller OR the red tape goes through the roller on the opposite pole.

 


Senior events:

Hurtman Rescue

1.

 

Arrestor Change-Out

1. How will the top side of the arrestor be made up?

Small jumper wire with an eye on end like a new transformer would have on it.

2. Will the competitors be allowed to hang their handline on the mounting legs of the transformer instead of the j-hook?

They can keep it on their belt or j-hook.

3. Will the bolt fall out that holds the arrestor on?

No, they are going to spot weld it.

 

 

Cutout Change-Out

1. Is this a leather glove event?

Yes

2. Which side is the shotgun stick hanging on?

The bag will be hanging 6″-12″ below the neutral. Facing the neutral spool on the right side.

3.What length of bag is the shotgun going to be in?

4.5′-5’bag

4. Will brushing be required, and if so, will brush be on shotgun stick?

The stick will not have a brush attached to it. You will have to provide your own brush. The new cutout can be made up in the 5-minute setup time. Only permanent connections must be brushed.

           


         


               


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