Florida Lineman Competition – Questions for the Judge’s Forum

The Judge Q&A for 2018 is closed.

General Competition Questions • (Submit a question)

  1. What size poles will be used for the event 35’s or 40’s?
    A: They will be 40ft. Class 3 Penta treated poles.
  2. Can we float the neutral?
    A: No conductors may be floated unless the event requires the conductors to be transferred to a new position.

Team Journeyman Events

4kV Four Bell Change Out • (Submit a question)

  1. If cross arm is covered and we go over the cover with straps hooked to the hoist do we still have to use link sticks?
    A: All rigging must be isolated from ground potential.

4kV Pole Transfer – Conductor, Transformer & Switch • (Submit a question)

  1. How far apart (in feet) are the poles going to be?
    A:4 feet apart side by side.
  2. Is the fiberglass primary post going to have to be moved over to the new pole?
    A: No both poles will have a neutral spool and fiberglass ridge pin on them at all times. The transformer, switch, arrester, and t-bracket are the only equipment to transfer.
  3. Is the primary neutral going to have a jumper to the pole ground (system neutral)?
    A: Yes.
  4. Are the two poles going to be (in-line) or (side-by-side)?
    A: Side by side.
  5. What kind of rope will be used and how long will it be?
    A: 3/8 single braid, 60′ of rope.
  6. What size wrench will be used on the Tonka toy, Transformer connections, and pole ground connector?
    A: 15/16.
  7. What are the proper procedures to de-energize and energize a transformer that is good and being transferred?
    A: Use your company protocol & APPA Safety Manual.
  8. Since we are only transferring the wire, transformer, and switch I assume there will be another pole top pin & insulator, neutral spool, Transformer bolts, T-bracket-arrestor-jumpers already on the new pole?
    A: Both poles will have a neutral spool and fiberglass ridge pin on them at all times. Everything else transfers.
  9. Why would you need to be below the neutral if you plan to un-tap the primary from the new pole?
    A: Make sure you maintain the M.A.D. at all times which is specified in the APPA Safety Manual 16th Edition.
  10. What is the measurement from the phase to the top bolt of the pole top pin?
    A: Refer to spec sheet.
  11. What kind of preform tie (model#) is the neutral tie?
    A: #2 preform spool tie.
  12. Will we have to remove the old primary insulator and leave a bare fiberglass post or will we have to just replace the old one with a new one during the event??
    A: No both poles will be framed with a ridge pin and insulator and neutral spool bolt, only transferring the conductors, t-bracket (switch and arrester), and transformer.
  13. Do we have to move the cutout and arrester around on the t-bracket?
    A: No the switch and arrester t-bracket will transfer from the outside of the old pole to the outside of the new pole. The transformer will transfer to the opposite side of the new pole (180 degrees), therefore everything will reconnect the exact same. Note the position on the pole the #4 copper is stapled.
  14. Will the connectors for the arrestor ground and tank ground have to be transferred also or will the new pole have new kerneys on them?
    A: Yes the connectors will be transferred; no the new poles will not have kerneys.
  15. Can the ground man get rope ready to throw in set up time?
    A: You may prepare the rope any way you’d like however, it must be laying on the tarp before your time starts.
  16. Is the switch bracket slotted for the top bolt?
    A: The top hole on the bracket is “key holed”.
  17. Do we have to transfer the bolts for the transformer and switch bracket or are the bolts in the bare pole already?
    A: Yes.
  18. Will the copper connectors be stapled to the pole or will we have to transfer the connectors from the old pole to the new pole?
    A: They will have to be transferred.
  19. Since we can glove 4kv -can we pass the wire from old pole to new pole by hand or will we need to rig tongs and saddles?
    A: The wire can be moved by hand however, you must have two points of control at all times.
  20. Can the primary neutral be floated for this event?
    A: No conductors may be floated unless the event requires the conductors to be transferred to a new position.
  21. Will there be rubber gromets on the neutral or primary?
    A: No.
  22. Is (1) lineman with (2) hands considered 2 points of contact?
    A: Yes.
  23. The 4ft measurement between poles is that inside to inside. Center to center or outside to outside?
    A: Poles will be set on the rodeo field at 4 foot center to center.
  24. For the aluminum clamp connecting to the system ground, what size socket is the nut?
    A: 9/16
  25. Can you use a weighted object when throwing over your tag line?
    A: No only use the provided 60’ of 3/8 rope
  26. Are we required to check voltage after re setting an existing transformer?
    A: No.

15kV Switch Replacement • (Submit a question)

  1. Q: Is a single stove pipe cover acceptable cover for the primary line & primary pin?
    A: Make sure you maintain the M.A.D. at all times which is specified in the APPA Safety Manual 16th Edition.

Vertical Hurtman Rescue • (Submit a question)

  1. NOTE: The rule change is that we are requiring a minimum of 3 clicks or 2 ½ wraps on the Ox Blocks, failure to do so will be a 2 points deduction. The change is because the weight of our mannequin’s are to great to actually allow slow controlled fall. These mannequins are donated for us to use, extremely hard to find, and very costly! We will not allow them to be treated in a minor of which will damage them any further then normal wear and tear. Also be very cautious to ONLY cut the insert of the mannequin’s belt, we had 5 belts cut last year! Failure to cut the insert will be a 10 point deduction!

Apprentice Events

Double Dead-end Multi-skirt Changeout • (Submit a question)

  1. What are the measurements (how far) from the pole to the mechanical stirrup?
    A: The stirrup will be mounted 8” from the bolted deadend shoe.
  2. Can the hoist strap touch the pole?
    A: Yes, it can touch the pole, but it can’t rub on the pole. Event spec # 2 web hoist with grip/grips must be used (strap cannot be put in a position that could damage it)
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  3. Can you post a picture of the web hoist and grip or name of hoist?
    A: Whichever strap/web hoist and grip your company would use for energized work.
  4. What is considered a straight line hand line?
    A: A handline must have a block, becket, and rope with a hook and snap on each end.
  5. When I transfer over the neutral and get my fall arrest secured, can I climb and leave my secondary lanyard attached around the pole as well? A: Yes for the FMEA rodeo however, note that you are NOT allowed to do so at the APPA rodeo.

Hurtman Rescue • (Submit a question)

  1. NOTE: The rule change is that we are requiring a minimum of 3 clicks or 2 ½ wraps on the Ox Blocks, failure to do so will be a 2 points deduction. The change is because the weight of our mannequin’s are to great to actually allow slow controlled fall. These mannequins are donated for us to use, extremely hard to find, and very costly! We will not allow them to be treated in a minor of which will damage them any further then normal wear and tear. Also be very cautious to ONLY cut the insert of the mannequin’s belt, we had 5 belts cut last year! Failure to cut the insert will be a 10 point deduction!

Jumper Replacement • (Submit a question)

  1. Q: Side tie or top tie?
    A: Top tie.
  2. How long will the jumpers and tie-wire be? A: 8 foot long tie wire and the jumper will vary to reach 8 inchs from the dead ends.
  3. Will the parallel grove connectors be installed in front or behind the shoe? A: The parallel groove connector will be 8in from the dead end. There will be tape on the wire. It must be put in between the tape marks.
  4. What type of tie are we required to make on the Jumper Replacement?
    A: Double-top-tie sometimes called a “3-2”, “Kansas City”, or “1-3-2-2-2” tie (see photo 3 above).
  5. Are we going to be replacing ap clamps or reusing the ones up there?
    A: You will use the pg connector that is on the wire.( not replacing connector unless it’s damage).
  6. Can we tool up in our 5 minute setup time?
    A: Yes, however any ground work being done will require gaff guards at all times. 2 pt deduct if you do not or they fall off at any point.
  7. Will jumpers be already cut or will that be a part of our set up time?
    A: The jumper will be cut and will be at the event pole.
  8. Just to clarify we will tying the jumper to the insulator on the ground and it will be a part of our event time not our set up time.
    A: That is correct.
  9. Is the tie wire (#4 insulated aluminum) or (#4 insulated copper)?
    A: Tie will be #4 aluminum insulated wire
  10. Can you post a picture of the connector that will be used?
    A: See photo 4 and 5 above.
  11. Is the insulator pin 5/8” or 3/4?
    A: 5/8”
  12. Since we have to use rubber gloves Is this considered an energized event?
    A: No.
  13. Is a physical brush required for this event or can we simulate brushing/scraping with a tool?
    A: Physical brushing is required, using a wire brush.

Phase Clip In(Submit a question)

  1. Side tie or top tie?
    A: Top tie.
  2. Will the tie be the double top tie?
    A: Yes it will be a double top tie. The tie is on the q&a.
  3. Are we allowed to hang handline on cross arm using block and meat hook?
    A: Yes you can hang the hand line on the arm.

Written Test • (Submit a question)

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