About Power Poles/ Different Types of Power Poles in Australia

The most common type of power pole found in Australia is the network pole carrying power to houses along the street. Private Poles carry the supply from the point of connection to a business or residence a substantial distance from the street. Temporary Builder’s Poles are used primarily to run electricity to a site for construction purposes. And a Lead In Pole carries the supply across the street rather than along it.

Private Pole Installation

Generally speaking, private power poles are marked with a yellow tag with a number starting with D. Private poles will also have a unique identifying number that must not be removed on them. As outlined in the NSW Service and Installation Rules, the point at which they become the property owner’s responsibility is where they connect to the Service Provider’s Network. Private power poles can only be installed by Level 2 electricians. The training they receive is targeted towards working on and alongside the electricity grid and as such are uniquely qualified, and just as importantly authorised, to install and maintain all types of power poles in Australia. The two materials most commonly used for power poles are treated timber and steel. Power pole height, however, can be a little more diverse. Ranging from 6.2 m to 8 m, the height of your private power pole will be dependent on the clearance needed from the ground. While timber poles are a better quality of pole, possessing a longer lifespan and requiring less maintenance, they are significantly more expensive to install.

Emergency Pole Replacement Services

Operating 24/7, Izco Electrical can help you with all your emergency pole replacement services.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Should you experience a fallen powerline,

  • Ensure you stay a minimum of eight (8) metres away from the low hanging or downed line or any objects that are in contact with the line.
  • Be mindful that electricity can radiate out from its point of contact. Standing closer than the recommended eight (8) metres leaves you open to being electrocuted through the ground from the potential difference.
  • Do not touch the line or any object in contact with it. Common items that may conduct electricity when in contact with a downed line are fences and trees.
  • Always assume the line is live and report any immediate safety hazards to the electricity network.

Never attempt to undertake repairs or move objects around down power lines yourself. Instead call emergency services immediately if there is a life in danger and engage the services of a Level 2 electrical contractor such as Izco Electrical for all repairs and installations as soon as possible.

What to Expect

The process to install a private power pole is quite simple if you have the required knowledge and training. A hazard assessment and site evaluation will highlight if there are any dangers or critical underground infrastructure nearby and a plan to bore holes for the power poles made accordingly. Once the hole is prepared, the pole is set into the ground by tamping the approved blue metal compound into the ground. Poles are set between 1.2 m and 3 m deep depending on the height of the pole and the makeup of the ground it is set into.

Why Choose Us?

No one but a Level 2 electrician should consider installing or performing maintenance on privately owned power poles. Authorised with Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy, one of Izco Electrical’s five expert crews can perform all your installation, maintenance and emergency repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there anything I can do myself to maintain my private power pole?

    Service providers conduct inspections on a regular basis and while all maintenance to private power poles and electricity supplies must be carried out by a licenced Level 2 electrician, there are a few minor maintenance tasks you can perform yourself.

    Remove vegetation from the base of the poles and keep trees well clear of overhead powerlines. And routinely check for broken strands of wire, loose or damaged insulators, and broken or damaged poles. Contact Izco Electrical immediately if you notice any issues to maintain a safe, reliable power supply to your home.

Testimonials

Fantastic!

“Our new home was situated on a large acreage and we had not even considered the idea that the power poles would need to be maintained by us. We can’t thank Izco Electrical enough for helping us understand what our responsibilities were and coming to inspect our power poles to give us a report on their condition and upcoming maintenance requirements.”

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Fantastic!

“Our new home was situated on a large acreage and we had not even considered the idea that the power poles would need to be maintained by us. We can’t thank Izco Electrical enough for helping us understand what our responsibilities were and coming to inspect our power poles to give us a report on their condition and upcoming maintenance requirements.”

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Contact us

If you’d like more information on our services, contact our professionals by calling us on 0470123811, emailing us at izcoelectrical@yahoo.com, or simply by filling out our online form and one of our friendly experts will answer any inquiries you might have.