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Pole Framer

Cut notches for crossarms and install step sockets in telephone poles.

What does a Pole Framer do?

Cuts notches for crossarms and installs step sockets in telephone, telegraph, and electric-power transmission poles: Sights down pole to determine straightest side so that poles will line up evenly when erected. Saws tip of pole to point with chain saw. Saws two parallel cuts at specified place on pole and cuts out wood between cuts with adz to make crossarm notch. Drills bolthole through pole at center of crossarm notch, using electric drill. Measures intervals for step sockets on opposite sides of pole. Drills holes and drives step sockets in place with small ax. Loads and unloads poles from railroad cars or truck, using rope, skids, and cant hook.