13 Steps to Replace an Insulator on a Tangent Structure

Posted by John Delsman on Jan 14, 2019 10:48:00 AM

The safety procedures described below are the basic steps and necessary equipment linemen will employ when replacing an insulator from an aerial lift truck on a tangent structure with rubber gloves.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

The Difference in Enclosure Load Ratings

Posted by Rob Fox on Jan 9, 2019 2:25:00 PM

When considering an underground enclosure specifics matters. It is important to take load ratings into consideration. For confidence in selecting the right load ratings it is recommended to choose out of the two verified ratings, the ANSI/SCTE77 or the AASHTO H20. When determining the best load rating consider the enclosures intended use.


The ANSI rating is best for non-deliberate traffic areas. These enclosures are placed where direct wheel impact is not likely or anywhere that traffic is not intended. The area may include grassy areas, sidewalks, highway berms, light pole bases, highway median strips and parking lots. These enclosures are designed to handle only occasional, non-intentional traffic.


This load rating is intended for direct traffic areas, such as highway or roadway lanes, intersections and parking lots. These enclosures are situated directly in a wheel path and are designed for anywhere that traffic will directly impact the enclosure.


If you have questions about ANSI-SCTE or any other applications for enclosures, please call your Hubbell representative. We'd be happy to work with you in specifying your underground enclosure applications.


It pays to know the difference between the two enclosure ratings. AASHTO H20 rated enclosures come with a heftier price tag due to their heavy duty design. AASHTO enclosure covers are made from unique material, such as cast iron, in order to handle continuous heavy loading. It is advantageous to know the specific rating needed for your job in order to avoid unneeded substantially high prices and to ensure enclosure longevity.

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Topics: Enclosures

A Redesigned Neutral Clevis

Posted by Hubbell Power Systems on Jan 3, 2019 3:12:00 PM

Four years, several prototypes and thousands of installations later, Hubbell has satisfied Alliant Energy’s need for a stronger neutral clevis.

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Topics: Pole Line Hardware

How to Use Power-Installed Screw Anchors

Posted by Tim Staelens on Dec 17, 2018 3:12:00 PM

"Proper alignment" and "down pressure" are simple phrases to summarize proper anchor installation technique. The Power Installed Screw Anchor (PISA®) wrench transmits torque from the digger’s Kelly bar to the anchor hub. Note: The anchor rod only has to be of sufficient diameter to support the guy load.

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Topics: Anchors

How to Install Large Enclosures

Posted by Rob Fox on Dec 11, 2018 12:52:00 PM

Underground enclosures, commonly call handholes, pits, or vaults, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and house critical electrical, telecommunications, gas and water service connections. While each underground enclosure application may be different, there are a few installation fundamentals that should be followed to minimize field damage and help insure many years of use.

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Topics: Enclosures

The Nature and Manifestation of Corona Discharge

Posted by Robert Ransone on Dec 4, 2018 2:51:00 PM

In physics, the glow and audible event occurring when an insulator is exposed to excessive voltages is called a corona. It may also be known in the electric industry as “corona discharge,” “plume discharge,” “brush discharge” or “glow discharge.”

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Topics: Insulators

How to Install Small Enclosures

Posted by Rob Fox on Nov 28, 2018 2:28:00 PM

Small underground enclosures, commonly called handholes or pits, can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Enclosures house critical electrical, telecommunications, gas, and water service connections. Each installation and application is different, but there are common installation guidelines that when followed will help to minimize field damage and ensure longevity.

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Topics: Enclosures

Specifying ANSI-SCTE Enclosures

Posted by Rob Fox on Nov 19, 2018 2:20:00 PM

Before specifying underground enclosures, one of the first questions to ask yourself is whether or not the enclosure will be used in deliberate traffic applications or non-deliberate traffic applications.

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Topics: Enclosures

Use Proper Tooling in Anchor Installation

Posted by Tim Staelens on Nov 13, 2018 10:38:00 AM

It is essential to use installing tools and anchors that are properly rated for trucks during the installation of power-installed screw anchors (PISA®). The high torque energy used in installing high-strength anchors requires the control of hazardous torque, which can be safely completed by proper tools. 

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Topics: Anchors

Understanding Grouted Rock Anchors

Posted by Tim Staelens on Nov 5, 2018 3:07:00 PM

The CHANCE® grouted rock anchor is designed to be used in situations where the soil is too rocky to use screw anchors, and the rock is fractured preventing the use of wedge style rock anchors. The forged knob on the end of the anchor along with any extension couplings provides the interference fit with the grout. The holding capacity of the anchor is dependent on the bond stress between the rock and the grout. The grouted rock anchor is designed to be used in line with the guy. Failure to install within 5° of alignment with the guy load will significantly lower strength.

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Topics: Anchors