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Running a line up a Utility pole

Running a line up a Utility pole

Running a line up a Utility pole

Good day, I have a question about utility poles.

When it comes to running a something up a utility pole, am I allowed to run pvc conduit or does it have to be rigid conduit? The pole is in a parking lot.

RE: Running a line up a Utility pole

It depends. You haven't provided enough information to formulate a more complete answer. Probably a code compliance issue, but there's no hint of what the applicable codes might be.  

RE: Running a line up a Utility pole

Allowed by whom? Do you own the pole?

If at all allowed, I would consider protecting from physical damage meaning using rigid metal conduit for at least bottom 4-6 feet above grade.

Rafiq Bulsara

RE: Running a line up a Utility pole

The best thing to do is contact your local electric utility and ask them how the installation should be done. Some allow for customer-owned services risers to be attached to their poles. Others will interconnect in a handhole near the base of the pole.

RE: Running a line up a Utility pole

That will mostly be up to the owner of the pole and local codes.  

David Castor

RE: Running a line up a Utility pole

Some AHJs allow rigid PVC to be used interchangeably with steel rigid conduit. I have an installation coming up with mechanical protection both on the side of a house and about three feet up a power pole. I called the local inspector and he cited corrosion issues in the past and required rigid PVC conduit. (sched. 40)

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