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. How will the ox block be hanging and how will the hook be placed while ascending the pole?
2.  Will the handling hook be in the eye of the ox hook like the picture shows?

Yes

 

 

Transformer Change-Out

*Specs on Framing: Click here for specs
1. Can the handline be hooked on the transformer standoff or does it have to be tied off?

The handline has to be caught off around the pole.

2. Can the groundman stand anywhere he needs to when hoisting the transformer as long as everything comes back to the tarp?

The groudman can stand wherever he needs to, as long as everything is on the tarp at the end of the event. The transformer does not have to be on the tarp, but can be let down around 5’to 10’ from the pole.

3. Can we remove both clamps at the same time since it is opposite phases?

You can operate both shotguns at the same time, as long as the wing pot stinger is physically removed first and installed last.

4. If a shotgun stick is located on the hotline clamp of a removed stinger, can it hang?

The shotgun cannot hang on a stinger.

5. Will the quad be on the pole and connections need to be made like the picture?

The quad will be caught off about 12” below the neutral and made up to the bank like the picture shows.

6. Can the gin and blocks be sent up and down on the hook or do they have to be in a bag?

On a hook will be fine.

7. Specs for the aluminum stand-off brackets…

Click here for specs

8. Can you provide the weight of the transformer?

It will depend on what brand the host utility has. It will be a 10 kVA, 7.2, CSP.

9. Is the transformer/pole gin provided?

No, the company will have to provide their own transformer/pole gin.

10.  If we dont transfer, do we have to climb with our secondary safety on our belt?

You can climb with only the primary safety as long as you don’t transfer.

11. What is the weight of the 10 KVA transformer?

The range will be 225-250 lbs depending on the age and manufacturer.

12. Will there be a new highside primary stinger for the new transformer or will we reuse the existing one?

The same stinger will be swapped from the old pot to the new pot.

13. Will the meter be simulated pulled before the event starts?

There will not be a meter involved in this event.

14. Can the first climber start ascending the pole before the extendo stick is fully retracted?

The first climber can start ascending the pole as soon as both pots are tripped off.

15. Can the groundman have the stick ran out and ready to close in transformers while the last climber is coming down the pole?

The groundman can have the stick ran out, but cannot begin switching until the last lineman is clear of the pole.

16. Are we required to wear rubber gloves to open and close the transformers?

No, you are not required to wear rubber gloves while using a long stick.

17. Do we have to use a blanket as long as the neutral spool is covered?

Yes, hood, snake and a blanket

 

 

Alley Arm Insulator Change-Out

1.

 

Polymer Insulator Change-Out

1. Can we open both cutouts off of the pole at the same time if we have two load busters?

If you have two load busters you can use both of them, you cannot open both cut outs at the same time because that would have you working on two different potentials at the same time

2. Can we take the clamps off and or ground two phase at the same time?

You cannot take the clamps off at the same time because it would have you and the other lineman working on two different potentials at the same time. You can ground the phases at the same time if the phases have been already tested and both grounds have already been attached to the neutral and then install them at the same time

3. Does the phases on the hot side need to be covered after we remove the clamps?

If you get in the minimum  approach distance it does, if you stay out of the minimum approach distance it does not

4. Can you cover up the neutral with your leather gloves on?

No

5. Do we have to brush any other connections beside the ground connections?

Yes, once you remove the hot line clamp, you will need to brush the stirrup before the reinstall of the hot line clamp.

6. Can the ground be placed on neutral by hand after line is opened and tested?

Yes

7. Can the ground be place on the neutral by hand after the line is opened and grounded?

Yes

8. Can you open cutouts with loadbreak before covering the neutral up?

No, you will need to cover the neutral before working on the primary.

9. Can one man be brushing the load side of the B-8 while the other man takes the hotline clamps off?

Yes.

10. Can you hang the hand line above the neutral before the cover up is on the neutral?

Yes, as long as you stay off the neutral.

 

 

 


Apprentice Events:

Hurtman Rescue 

1. How will the ox block be hanging and how will the hook be placed while ascending the pole?
2.  Will the handling hook be in the eye of the ox hook like the picture shows?

Yes

 

 

B-1 Tie In

1. Can ties be carried up in the bag?

Yes. You can carry the ties up anyway that works for you.

 

 

Egg Climb

1. What size eggs will be used?

Small sized eggs.

 

Fuse Replacement

1. Will we be able to have a spare fuse barrel fused up or will we have to refuse the barrel in the air?

The fuse will be replaced by the competitor while working from the pole.

2. Is any size fuse ok to use?

Any fuse is ok to use. It must have a solid one piece washer.

3. Can the shotgun stick be hung from the j hook or off the climbing belt while the participants are replacing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag anytime it is not being used.

4. Will there be j hooks on the pole? The drawings show them but the description does not.

There will not be j hooks. There will be an eye bolt/eye nut combination at the same location.

5. Will rubber gloves be required for this event?

This event is simulated to be energized. Class 2 or above rubber gloves are required.

6. Can the hand line be split on the ground?

Yes, but running line must stay in the block and must be hung and kept in a running condition where pole top rescue could be done if needed.

7. Are gloves required during the set up time?

Yes, but the competitor can remove gloves after time starts to put on climbing tools. Rubber gloves must be on before attaching fall restraint device to pole.

8. Can the hand line be carried up hanging from the body belt?

Hand line must be hung on a breakaway hook while ascending or descending the pole.

9. Can the clamp end of the stick be used to open and close the switch?

No, the clamp is used for installing and removing the jack jumper. The switch can only be opened or closed with the finger end of the stick.

10. Can the Jack jumper be loaded into the shotgun stick and both items be loaded into the bag?

Yes

11. Can you leave the hand line hooked on your belt or does it have to hung on the pole?

Hand line must be hung off the pole.

12. Can you leave the shotgun stick hanging on your belt while you are changing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag when not in use.

13. Does the tail have to but cut off the new fuse?

Yes, the tail of the new fuse has to be cut.

14. Can the fuse be carried up in the bag?

Yes.

15. Can you hand the becky around the pole above your buck squeeze or does it have to be hung above the eye bolt? Can you clip the block in the eye bolt?

The handline must be hung from the pole. It can be hung using a choker or it can be hung in eye bolt. Handline block must be below neutral.

 

 

 

 

 

Written Test

1. 

 


Individual Journeyman:

Hurtman Rescue

1. How will the ox block be hanging and how will the hook be placed while ascending the pole?
2.  Will the handling hook be in the eye of the ox hook like the picture shows?

Yes

 

 

Alley Arm Insulator Change-Out

1.

Egg Climb

1. What size eggs will be used?

Small sized eggs.

 

Fuse Replacement

1. Will we be able to have a spare fuse barrel fused up or will we have to refuse the barrel in the air?

The fuse will be replaced by the competitor while working from the pole.

2. Is any size fuse ok to use?

Any fuse is ok to use. It must have a solid one piece washer.

3. Can the shotgun stick be hung from the j hook or off the climbing belt while the participants are replacing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag anytime it is not being used.

4. Will there be j hooks on the pole? The drawings show them but the description does not.

A: There will not be j hooks. There will be an eye bolt/eye nut combination at the same location.

5. Will rubber gloves be required for this event?

A: This event is simulated to be energized. Class 2 or above rubber gloves are required.

6. Can the hand line be split on the ground?

Yes, but running line must stay in the block and must be hung and kept in a running condition where pole top rescue could be done if needed.

7. Are gloves required during the set up time?

Yes, but the competitor can remove gloves after time starts to put on climbing tools. Rubber gloves must be on before attaching fall restraint device to pole.

8. Can the hand line be carried up hanging from the body belt?

Hand line must be hung on a breakaway hook while ascending or descending the pole.

9. Can the clamp end of the stick be used to open and close the switch?

No, the clamp is used for installing and removing the jack jumper. The switch can only be opened or closed with the finger end of the stick.

10. Can the Jack jumper be loaded into the shotgun stick and both items be loaded into the bag?

Yes

11. Can you leave the hand line hooked on your belt or does it have to hung on the pole?

Hand line must be hung off the pole.

12. Can you leave the shotgun stick hanging on your belt while you are changing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag when not in use.

13. Does the tail have to but cut off the new fuse?

Yes, the tail of the new fuse has to be cut.

14. Can the fuse be carried up in the bag?

Yes.

15. Can you hand the becky around the pole above your buck squeeze or does it have to be hung above the eye bolt? Can you clip the block in the eye bolt?

The handline must be hung from the pole. It can be hung using a choker or it can be hung in eye bolt. Handline block must be below neutral.

 

 


Senior events:

Hurtman Rescue

1. How will the ox block be hanging and how will the hook be placed while ascending the pole?
2.  Will the handling hook be in the eye of the ox hook like the picture shows?

Yes

 

 

B-1 Tie-In

 1. Can ties be carried up in the bag?

Yes. You can carry the ties up anyway that works for you.

 

Fuse Replacement

1. Will we be able to have a spare fuse barrel fused up or will we have to refuse the barrel in the air?

The fuse will be replaced by the competitor while working from the pole.

2. Is any size fuse ok to use?

Any fuse is ok to use. It must have a solid one piece washer.

3. Can the shotgun stick be hung from the j hook or off the climbing belt while the participants are replacing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag anytime it is not being used.

4. Will there be j hooks on the pole? The drawings show them but the description does not.

A: There will not be j hooks. There will be an eye bolt/eye nut combination at the same location.

5. Will rubber gloves be required for this event?

A: This event is simulated to be energized. Class 2 or above rubber gloves are required.

6. Can the hand line be split on the ground?

Yes, but running line must stay in the block and must be hung and kept in a running condition where pole top rescue could be done if needed.

7. Are gloves required during the set up time?

Yes, but the competitor can remove gloves after time starts to put on climbing tools. Rubber gloves must be on before attaching fall restraint device to pole.

8. Can the hand line be carried up hanging from the body belt?

Hand line must be hung on a breakaway hook while ascending or descending the pole.

9. Can the clamp end of the stick be used to open and close the switch?

No, the clamp is used for installing and removing the jack jumper. The switch can only be opened or closed with the finger end of the stick.

10. Can the Jack jumper be loaded into the shotgun stick and both items be loaded into the bag?

Yes

11. Can you leave the hand line hooked on your belt or does it have to hung on the pole?

Hand line must be hung off the pole.

12. Can you leave the shotgun stick hanging on your belt while you are changing the fuse?

The shotgun stick must be in the bag when not in use.

13. Does the tail have to but cut off the new fuse?

Yes, the tail of the new fuse has to be cut.

14. Can the fuse be carried up in the bag?

Yes.

15. Can you hand the becky around the pole above your buck squeeze or does it have to be hung above the eye bolt? Can you clip the block in the eye bolt?

The handline must be hung from the pole. It can be hung using a choker or it can be hung in eye bolt. Handline block must be below neutral.

 


 


 


Bradford Supply, Inc.

Channell Commercial

Foothills Boots

Lineman Barn

Loudon Utilities

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Power-Tel Utility Products

T & D PowerSkills

Terex Utilities

Virginia-Georgia Transformer

 

 

Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo