Information about used telegraph
Telegraph poles have been used for decades
to carry overhead telephone cables. Nowadays their popularity with gardeners
lies in the possibility of creating something that looks natural, is quick
to build, and appears as though it's been in your garden for years.
8 things you need to know about our used telegraph poles:
~They are generally
ex-BT poles that are normally removed by BT when they've reached
a certain age, or judged to be not fit for service. They may be old,
bowed, damaged, or have rot etc.. Alternatively they may be taken
out due to a change of route, or cables being sited underground. The telegraph
poles that we supply are unsorted, and come direct from site. They
will be a mixture of sizes, diameter, and conditions.
~ They are NOT stripped of all the main telephone bits and pieces, including
climbing irons, cables etc.. You may find even find small ID numbers and occasionally
even a village fete or lost dog advertisement !
~ They are creosote treated. As of June 2003 they cannot be used in situations
where there may be risk of frequent skin contact or food contamination. Hence
they CANNOT be used for children's play areas, tree houses, picnic
benches, inside houses etc.. For those uses you will need to use our new
landscaping poles or new telegraph
poles (non-creosote treated) SEE Creosote
treatment for further details. HANDLE WITH GLOVES.
~ They can bleed or leak creosote or tar in the height of summer -
There's unfortunately nothing you can do about it. It is also very hard
to predict which poles will do it and which ones won't. If this may be a problem
use new landscaping poles, or new telegraph poles.
~ They are tapered and will vary in diameter. Telegraph poles are simply
tree trunks that are de-barked & mildly planed. Not only is every pole
different in dimensions from each other (like each tree) but also they are
tapered along the length. So the diameter of a used telegraph pole can vary
by several inches, or 50mm or more from top to bottom. In addition the very
end of the pole (the original base of the tree) can broaden out even more.
So, if you are looking for regularity and identical poles forget it !
For calculating projects using multiple lengths of pole positioned vertically,
allow a very rough average diameter of about 7- 8"" or 175mm.
~ They vary in length. Reclaimed poles vary between approx 22ft - 29ft
(approx 7m - 9m) although sometimes there can be both shorter and longer ones,
depending on where they've come from.
~ You can cut them with a chainsaw, circular saw, or even bow
saw . They are straightforward to cut, contrary to popular belief.
~ The weight of a 29' telegraph pole can vary between 100kg and 200kg
depending on diameter and density. An exceptionally thick telegraph pole can
weigh a quarter of a ton.
It would be impossible here to list all the things that people have created
with used telegraph poles.
Raised beds (poles stacked horizontally, or cut
& placed vertically side by side) Stepping stones and steps,, Supports
(to sit sheds on, or fasten decking to) Borders & dividers (beside
drives, grass) Pathways (e.g. 6" slices recessed into ground)
Outdoor lintels, Roof supports, Agricultural and equestrian buildings,
Pole barns, Pillars for arbours and walkways, Jetties, Pond edging, Gate &
Fence posts, Horse jumps etc..
CUSTOMER PHOTOS and PROJECTS ........
Please contact us if you
want to discuss an idea. 0115 9890445