There’s insulators from the 1890s still on the pole with the small telegraph copper wire around them, in my area. It’s pretty neat. They stopped using the telegraph in the 70s sometime, I believe. Wireless radio made telegraph obsolete.
That being said, most insulators are newer ones that have...
This works flawlessly. One size fits all.
3/8 aluminum rod. 5/8 OD air hose fit over the aluminum rod. Bent several times. Pretty hard to bend the rod, unless you heat it up. Creates a strong spring that will not drop precious insulators. Attach to pole of choice with two hose clamps!
Hello, I was wondering if any serious collectors here have made a “picking pole”.
It is a device used to unscrew insulators off their pins. I imagine most are homemade, and I would be interested in seeing some pictures if anyone has one.
Here is a link to how to make one..
Insulator picking pole
It really depends on your area. I’ve found only the mainlines have telegraph poles. There can be old glass insulators anywhere there’s old poles. I like looking along transmission lines more, because the rail companies take trespassing seriously.