Florida Lineman Competition – Questions for the Judge’s Forum

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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)

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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??
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    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. Can the neutral be floated on this event?

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)

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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?

Hurtman Rescue • (Submit a question)

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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: 6 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.

Phase Clip In(Submit a question)

  1. Side tie or top tie?
    A: Top tie.
  2. Will the tie be the double top tie?

Written Test • (Submit a question)

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