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Old 05-10-2019, 06:17 PM   #1
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I need to replace a 20’ light pole in a parking lot, it will weight about 200 lbs. I’ve seen videos of people taking these up with buckets, small crane looks safer. Any suggestions ?


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Old 05-10-2019, 06:32 PM   #2
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rent a 19' scissor lift, they're cheap.
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rent a 19' scissor lift, they're cheap.


The ground is a little rough where this is going as the pole is on grass about 8’ away from the uneven roadway.


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They make bucket trucks with booms that are rated for a lot of weight. The type on a flatbed truck. They have outriggers so they will work on the uneven ground. Many have 60' booms so you can stay far back on the pavement.
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You won't need a very big truck to go over 8 and up 20. They have a lift rating, 200 pounds is nothing. I think the ones built on an F450 with 35' boom will probably handle this but check with the rental people.
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Call a crane company, if you have the pole sitting there and the base all ready to pick it shouldn't cost too much. At least here it wouldn't.
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Heave that mother.
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The ground is a little rough where this is going as the pole is on grass about 8’ away from the uneven roadway.


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Rent a towable. Send the skinny kid up to hold on to it.
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They make bucket trucks with booms that are rated for a lot of weight. The type on a flatbed truck. They have outriggers so they will work on the uneven ground. Many have 60' booms so you can stay far back on the pavement.
These are commonly referred to here as a Materials Handling unit.

@WronGun- they have them for rent at Colvin's

http://www.colvins.com/truck-for-sale/392/43'-Material-Handler
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Put the heads on it wire it up then toss it on the rack on the truck . Back the truck up to the base about 2 feet away . Slide pole onto base with bolt holes over the back 2 bolts . Take a rope make a loop so the pole can't fall over and tie it to truck . Tie another rope to pole and set it up and slap washers and nuts on as fast as you can .

See that was easy . Now go get that check .
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If you're a boy scout, you can raise this easily with three sticks of 1" EMT and a knot called the "icicle hitch" but @WronGun is no damned boy scout.
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I have set dozens of 24 foot steel poles off the roof of my truck. It might not be a recognized safe way to do it but it is quick and easy. Then again I have a 11 foot high box truck. I built a platform with safety rails.
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If you're a boy scout, you can raise this easily with three sticks of 1" EMT and a knot called the "icicle hitch" but @WronGun is no damned boy scout.


I would actually pay to see this done. Especially, on this 20’ light pole I have....


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You won't need a very big truck to go over 8 and up 20. They have a lift rating, 200 pounds is nothing. I think the ones built on an F450 with 35' boom will probably handle this but check with the rental people.
4 head, 30ft pole

Put the head on and strapped it and up it went.

Difficult part was rotating it so the base lined up on the bolts.

Heads kept hitting the boom when trying to turn the pole

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4 head, 30ft pole

Put the head on and strapped it and up it went.

Difficult part was rotating it so the base lined up on the bolts.

Heads kept hitting the boom when trying to turn the pole

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Nice job but, If you setup a little different...
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Nice job but, If you setup a little different...
Theres only set screws holding the heads on.

I was nervous as hell the strap would slide up and take the heads off!

Strapped the pole and it never did move, it tightened a bunch, but didn't move. Lol

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Theres only set screws holding the heads on.

I was nervous as hell the strap would slide up and take the heads off!

Strapped the pole and it never did move, it tightened a bunch, but didn't move. Lol

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I see now.
I like to try to bind the sling just above the tipping point if possible but, it looks like that pole could be too smooth for that.
We dont see many steel poles here, usually direct bury concrete.

One exception coming up for us are some short poles on concrete bases.

segue into another topic..
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Use a hook on the end of your rope or strap. Put a piece of cardboard into the access hole and hook the hook there. Then put a couple half inches around the pole and make the last one right above the center of gravity. It will never slide that way.
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This is the idea but like @HackWork says you don't need the big knot at the end, you can just hook it to the access hole.
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I would actually pay to see this done. Especially, on this 20’ light pole I have....
I think the American Electrician Handbook has this method illustrated - the book is 100 years old now - they still show the old Amish style pre-equipment methods.

It looks something like this



In 2019, the bucket truck makes more sense.
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