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    That is one of those jobs where I don't care how much they are getting paid it is probably not enough. I didn't mine hanging out the door of a chopper with a machine gun and could handle being lowered by cable to the ground and back again. But the idea of dangling from the rope while the stick jockey has to try and hold his whillybird dead steady near very high voltage power lines while he has to make sure he doesn't get me a mate and the rest of the crew killed woud be more than I would be willing to do and I used to think that I wasn't worried about doing anything.
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    One would think they would install the spreaders when they erect the line. Perhaps the spreaders deteriorate with time. Or maybe the vultures steal them.

    There have been places here in California where they have had to erect bird perches above the cross arms on the poles. Seems the condors have a wingspan large enough to bridge between the wires on the extremities of the cross arm. I'll forgive whoever designed the utility poles. Would you think to consider bird wingspans when designing power distribution systems?
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    I do hope those lines are dead.

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    Ralph lines like those are never dead
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