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Title: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: TheArtist on June 04, 2017, 02:59:18 pm
Anyone have an idea where I can get a couple of wood utility poles?  Would be fine if they are used.  Have hunted online with no success for something local.

I am wanting one for inside the tiki bar we are building in the back yard and it has about a 16' high ceiling (its going to be a ships mast) and would like one or two more to cut down outside to make them look like wood piering with rope wrapped around them for around the porch and a "bridge".

Any help would be appreciated!


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 04, 2017, 03:11:40 pm
Anyone have an idea where I can get a couple of wood utility poles?  Would be fine if they are used.  Have hunted online with no success for something local.

I am wanting one for inside the tiki bar we are building in the back yard and it has about a 16' high ceiling (its going to be a ships mast) and would like one or two more to cut down outside to make them look like wood piering with rope wrapped around them for around the porch and a "bridge".

Any help would be appreciated!


I have been looking for two as an entry gate - keep us posted if you find something.  Everything I have seen is shipped in.  Was going to call PSO and ask if they would sell a couple, or Verdigris Valley Electric, since that is closer to the fence.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: rebound on June 04, 2017, 04:38:27 pm
There are a couple of ads on craig's list right now for telephone poles.

This is the newest one:

Used telephone poles $150
http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mat/6114181571.html (http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mat/6114181571.html)


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: TheArtist on June 04, 2017, 07:57:07 pm
There are a couple of ads on craig's list right now for telephone poles.

This is the newest one:

Used telephone poles $150
http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mat/6114181571.html (http://tulsa.craigslist.org/mat/6114181571.html)


Excellent, I tried crags list but was typing in Utility poles as that was what seemed to be the best search on google.


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: Red Arrow on June 04, 2017, 09:29:23 pm
Be aware of the chemicals used to preserve the poles.  You may not want them in your yard.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: RecycleMichael on June 05, 2017, 07:33:59 am
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/05/us/utility-poles-cited-as-chemical-danger.html

http://www.herinst.org/sbeder/CCA/cca.html#.WTVdX-vyupo

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/aess/2014/167971/


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: rebound on June 05, 2017, 08:06:57 am
Excellent, I tried crags list but was typing in Utility poles as that was what seemed to be the best search on google.

I have to admit, as an old-school "rural Okie",  I had to think a minute when I read "utility poles" in your first post.  Then I read the description of what you wanted to do, and was "Oh!  telephone poles!"   You can only take the boy so far out of the country.  :)


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 05, 2017, 08:52:13 am
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/05/us/utility-poles-cited-as-chemical-danger.html

http://www.herinst.org/sbeder/CCA/cca.html#.WTVdX-vyupo

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/aess/2014/167971/


That just takes all the fun out of it...


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: Conan71 on June 05, 2017, 11:27:31 pm
I have to admit, as an old-school "rural Okie",  I had to think a minute when I read "utility poles" in your first post.  Then I read the description of what you wanted to do, and was "Oh!  telephone poles!"   You can only take the boy so far out of the country.  :)

They are the unofficial tree of the Oklahoma Panhandle.


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2017, 08:52:14 am
They are the unofficial tree of the Oklahoma Panhandle.


Have some family in Cotton County...they say there are 3 kinds of trees there -  telephone poles, Cottonwoods, and dead Cottonwoods.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: rebound on June 06, 2017, 09:35:29 am

Have some family in Cotton County...they say there are 3 kinds of trees there -  telephone poles, Cottonwoods, and dead Cottonwoods.

Cotton County shout out!  Where do your people live?  I'm from North of Walters, but went to Geronimo HS.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2017, 09:56:22 am
Cotton County shout out!  Where do your people live?  I'm from North of Walters, but went to Geronimo HS.





Not real sure - I never got down there to visit.  They always came here, but I it was south of Temple, on the TX border - seems like they said they could see Texas on a bad day.  Any time ya gotta look at TX has gotta be a bad day, lol...!   About an 800 acre farm.  The old folks have all passed, and the kids (my age) have pretty much all moved on now.  Just one or two of their kids stayed around - still farming last I heard.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: rebound on June 06, 2017, 12:50:03 pm
Not real sure - I never got down there to visit.  They always came here, but I it was south of Temple, on the TX border - seems like they said they could see Texas on a bad day.  Any time ya gotta look at TX has gotta be a bad day, lol...!   About an 800 acre farm.  The old folks have all passed, and the kids (my age) have pretty much all moved on now.  Just one or two of their kids stayed around - still farming last I heard.

Ah, way down South.  That explains the Cottonwoods.   They are all over the place down along the Red River.   Good country down there, but not much to do.


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2017, 01:51:30 pm
Ah, way down South.  That explains the Cottonwoods.   They are all over the place down along the Red River.   Good country down there, but not much to do.


Plenty to do - Farm cotton!

I think that is why so many left.  One of the patriarchs was born with brother and sister on the family farm and lived there (grad Temple High) - he was a petroleum geologist who was making a living when so many were not.  His brother took over the place until he died probably 20 years ago or so.  Literally traveled the world and did ok.  

Lots of the descendants down there that I have no clue about.  Tough to keep up with family when the count tops 7 or 8 hundred....have trouble keeping up with my 30 descendants and 5 cousins...

Taught at TU for quite a while, long ago.  Had a place in Pacific NW that has since been overrun by yuppies from CA, jacking the property taxes up to the point where they had to sell the place 'cause of the huge numbers.  CA Yuppies came to area, saw it and said hey, we wanna move here to escape the CA lifestyle they were in.  Instead, they brought it with them.  Exactly like what is happening in little towns around Tulsa now.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: Conan71 on June 06, 2017, 10:51:19 pm
Anyone have an idea where I can get a couple of wood utility poles?  Would be fine if they are used.  Have hunted online with no success for something local.

I am wanting one for inside the tiki bar we are building in the back yard and it has about a 16' high ceiling (its going to be a ships mast) and would like one or two more to cut down outside to make them look like wood piering with rope wrapped around them for around the porch and a "bridge".

Any help would be appreciated!

Now this is hilarious to happen after your post yesterday.

Id had a representative come out from our electrical co-op a few weeks back to discuss adding a second meter on our property for a second structure I want to build.  He noted our original pole was getting along in years and marked it for replacement.  I forgot the conversation until this morning when three trucks from the Springer Co-op showed up to replace the pole.  I told them to leave the old one since I might eventually put together a mountain bike skills course on our property.  Now, if you care to drive out to Cimarron to pick it up, youd be welcome to it.  ;)



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 07, 2017, 09:04:16 am
Now this is hilarious to happen after your post yesterday.

Id had a representative come out from our electrical co-op a few weeks back to discuss adding a second meter on our property for a second structure I want to build.  He noted our original pole was getting along in years and marked it for replacement.  I forgot the conversation until this morning when three trucks from the Springer Co-op showed up to replace the pole.  I told them to leave the old one since I might eventually put together a mountain bike skills course on our property.  Now, if you care to drive out to Cimarron to pick it up, youd be welcome to it.  ;)




I bet that original one was more than 50 years old!  Those things last forever!  I got a couple like that when replaced at parents house.  Still haven't figured out what to do with them...they were cut up and a little too short for what I need now.





Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: TheArtist on June 07, 2017, 08:12:03 pm
Now this is hilarious to happen after your post yesterday.

Id had a representative come out from our electrical co-op a few weeks back to discuss adding a second meter on our property for a second structure I want to build.  He noted our original pole was getting along in years and marked it for replacement.  I forgot the conversation until this morning when three trucks from the Springer Co-op showed up to replace the pole.  I told them to leave the old one since I might eventually put together a mountain bike skills course on our property.  Now, if you care to drive out to Cimarron to pick it up, youd be welcome to it.  ;)



Yea, thats a bit of a drive. But thanks for the offer!


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: Conan71 on June 09, 2017, 01:32:14 pm

I bet that original one was more than 50 years old!  Those things last forever!  I got a couple like that when replaced at parents house.  Still haven't figured out what to do with them...they were cut up and a little too short for what I need now.


According to the aluminum tag, 6/30/1950 so 67 years....almost.


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 09, 2017, 03:10:36 pm
According to the aluminum tag, 6/30/1950 so 67 years....almost.



No surprise.   

Another thing I see all over northeast Oklahoma are small concrete bridge sides, many painted yellow now.  If one slows down and looks closely at the end, there is often a stamp from the WPA and the date.  There was one by some friends place in BA at 81st and 145th until just a few years ago when they widened the road to 3 lane.

Antique bridges that still work great.  Just like the state parks built by the CCC.  Infrastructure projects like we won't see again anytime soon.  Especially with the Cheetoh in Chief.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on November 08, 2017, 01:59:56 pm
Artist,  did you ever get the pole you wanted?



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: TheArtist on November 08, 2017, 09:27:16 pm
Artist,  did you ever get the pole you wanted?



Nope, but I figured out a workaround.  I bought some large PVC pipe and scraped it up and down with really rough sandpaper and gouged it a bit here and there, then used wood stain and brushed on a woodgrain like finish onto the roughed up pipe.  Worked like a charm!  I was also able to use a 4 way tee, cross fitting to extend the "mast" all the way to the ceiling and add the "yard" to hold the sail up over the second floor balcony area. 

Working at the store for Christmas right now but come next year hope to have a big tiki party at the house and invite everyone over to see the "Scurvy Parrot Hideaway" out back!

Oh, and the pond is going to have a sign calling it the "Jolly Piranha Lagoon" , the waterfall "Ooga Mooga Falls", and the bar will be called the "Archorbottom Tavern".  ;-P


Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on November 09, 2017, 08:43:23 am
Nope, but I figured out a workaround.  I bought some large PVC pipe and scraped it up and down with really rough sandpaper and gouged it a bit here and there, then used wood stain and brushed on a woodgrain like finish onto the roughed up pipe.  Worked like a charm!  I was also able to use a 4 way tee, cross fitting to extend the "mast" all the way to the ceiling and add the "yard" to hold the sail up over the second floor balcony area. 




PVC is Great Stuff!   Nice!  Gotta get in to check it out!


We were looking at birch trees for over a week, up close and personal.  SWMBO wanted me to cut some down for her and bring them back as checked baggage.  Just a few logistics issues with that plan...    So, last weekend while looking around one of the craft stores she comes up to me with a birch stick - made of PCV!  Problem almost solved.  Also found some wrapping paper that is birch bark texture, so now all the pieces are starting to come together.  Gonna try to make some birch logs this weekend.



Title: Re: Need wood utility poles. Local sources?
Post by: TheArtist on November 09, 2017, 12:16:42 pm

PVC is Great Stuff!   Nice!  Gotta get in to check it out!


We were looking at birch trees for over a week, up close and personal.  SWMBO wanted me to cut some down for her and bring them back as checked baggage.  Just a few logistics issues with that plan...    So, last weekend while looking around one of the craft stores she comes up to me with a birch stick - made of PCV!  Problem almost solved.  Also found some wrapping paper that is birch bark texture, so now all the pieces are starting to come together.  Gonna try to make some birch logs this weekend.



Good luck! Sounds like a fun project!