Temporary Electric Pole Specifications

Temporary electric poles are typically used to safely provide electric power outlets at a construction site.

Meter Can

Temporary poles are especially important for construction in rural areas that have no nearby electrical outlets.Temporary poles are especially important for construction in rural areas that have no nearby electrical outlets.
When construction is finished, the temporary pole is disconnected from the electric lines and moved to a new location. Most temporary electric poles are similar in their basic design, but utility companies may provide detailed specifications that must be followed before they will energize the temporary pole.

The electric company needs to track your electricity usage during the construction process, so temporary electric poles generally include a meter can. The utility company will install an electric meter into the meter can when the pole is ready to be energized.

Circuit Breaker

Like any other electrical installation, a temporary pole needs circuit protection. This is provided by a circuit breaker, which will disconnect the power to the outlets if the current through the circuit exceeds the rating of the breaker. The circuit breaker also provides a way to manually disconnect the outlet portion of the pole, allowing for safe repairs or inspections.

GFCI Outlet

The pole requires a ground fault current interrupter (GFCI) outlet because the pole will be exposed to moisture (and most likely to heavy rains) during the construction process. The outlet must also have a cover that is specifically designed for outdoor use; the GFCI circuitry can malfunction if the outlet gets excessively wet.

Ground Rod

The temporary pole must have a safety ground. The safety ground is connected to a copper ground rod, which must be driven into the ground next to the pole. If a hot wire comes into contact with the safety ground, the resulting current will be safely discharged into the earth. Some installations may require more than one ground rod.

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