How to Install Utility Poles

Updated February 21, 2017

A telegraph pole is a tall wooden pole that is commonly used to support overhead power and telephone lines. Another use for telegraph poles is security lighting or as a base for a radio antenna. There are different laws for each state regarding the installation of telegraph poles and the depth at which they should be buried. Check with local utility companies before digging for the location of underground wires, pipes and cables.

Check with your city to obtain any permits necessary for the installation of the pole and have the utility companies flag the location of their underground lines.

Have the pole delivered to your location. Sometimes the telephone company will bring their old poles to you for a fee.

Dig a hole that is anywhere from 1/5 to 1/3 the length of the pole, depending on the regulations in your area. This can be done with a drilling machine, an auger or you can hire a contractor.

Lift the pole with a crane and guide the pole into the hole. Have two or three people to help hold the pole steady while someone checks the pole is straight with the level.

Hammer one 2-by-4-by-6 foot board onto one side of the pole at an angle, then hammer the another board on the other side of the pole going in the other direction. These boards will act like legs to keep the pole steady and straight while the earth settles.

Fill the hole with dirt until about two feet from the top of the hole. Let the dirt settle for at least two days. Then, pack the dirt and fill the hole completely and remove the 2-by-4-by-6 foot boards.

Things You'll Need

  • Telegraph pole
  • Drilling machine or auger
  • Crane
  • Workers
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 2 2-by-4-by-6 feet boards
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