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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!
 

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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!
Ever see a strap wrench? I always pictured a contraption like it on a pole to remove insulators.
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If there is wire on them they are probably in use and too new to be collectable.
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Not necessarily. When they abandoned the old lines they didnt go around pulling the old wires off the poles. Some still have the old copper in the air or partially in the air

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Not necessarily. When they abandoned the old lines they didnt go around pulling the old wires off the poles. Some still have the old copper in the air or partially in the air

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Copper tie wire that holds the insulator to the wire or the actual power line? Sorry for the confusion. I grabbed a couple of the wooden pegs out of a downed pole in the woods.
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Copper tie wire that holds the insulator to the wire or the actual power line? Sorry for the confusion. I grabbed a couple of the wooden pegs out of a downed pole in the woods.
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For starters it was never a powerline. It was a very low voltage line, just enough to send and receive telegraphs, later they used then for long distance telephone. Wasnt worth it for them back then to remove all the lines.

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If there is wire on them they are probably in use and too new to be collectable.
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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 been replaced when the old broke. The “new” insulators from the 60s,70s are made of plastic and black rubber. It’s pretty uncommon to find one from 1890 still on the pole. The hemingray beehive cd 145 was built like a tank!
 

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They used the Hemingray-42 around me alot. Those cd 145s are nice, better than the ones I find most. Here is one still on the wooden peg.
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