Temporary Power Pole Placement

The placement of temporary power poles on the jobsite should be analyzed and planned so as not to be in the way of future concrete walkways and driveways, trenching for underground utilities, and large landscaping trees.

The builder should attempt to avoid the common occurrence toward the completion of the project of having to move one or more temporary power poles…not only costing money…but disrupting electrical power to a portion of the project while it is moved to another location.

For high-density condominium and apartment projects…and for large multi-unit tract housing…the initial placement of temporary power poles so as not to interfere with any future construction activities…can be difficult because of the scarcity of open, unused space within the completed project.  These projects often have most of the available space filled-up with walkways, driveways, courtyard patios, common area parking, recreation and swimming pool areas, and landscaping.

For tight projects with limited space such as these…it is sometimes best to have the civil engineering surveyors stake the locations for temporary power poles as a separate distinct activity…or along with and in addition to some other early staking activities that brings the surveyors out to the jobsite.

The builder must spend some time at the start of the construction determining the desired locations for temporary power poles…so their exact locations can be plotted and laid-out in the field.

For detached tract housing the exercise of choosing locations for power poles is made easier by the leftover open space on each lot…but the builder still needs to ensure that the temporary power poles are out of the way of concrete driveways and walkways…as well as the underground utilities.

Wind-Screened Fences

Some housing construction projects are required to install temporary chain-link fencing around the perimeter property-line of the building site for the duration of the project.

Nylon wind-screen covering the fence might also be required or added by the builder to enhance the appearance of the fence and the project.

On one particular large condominium project I worked on as superintendent…adjacent to a golf course…700 lineal feet of wind-screened chain-link fence installed only by driving the vertical steel posts into the ground…blew over twice during the windy season.

At a considerable expense to repair each time, the builder finally removed the wind-screen portion of the fencing.  The money that was spent putting the fence back up twice could have paid for originally setting the posts in concrete…thus allowing the more attractive green-colored wind-screen to remain.

Suggestions to prevent the fence from being blown over by the wind are:

  • Set each post in concrete
  • Set every other post in concrete
  • Give the fence a 45-degree jog in the shape of a “V” every 100 feet or so
  • Use diagonal braces to support the offset posts at the point of the “V”