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Old 09-17-2007, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Default utility poles

Odd Question,... does anyone know how and where to get used utility poles from the power company. Years ago you could call them and they would drop off the used poles for you if you wanted them in half lengths, (for a nominal fee). They're great to make a raised garden bed from.
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Glendive, MT
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what a great idea!! I don't have an answer, but what a great idea!!
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:46 PM
 
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Because of liability issues I don't think they will "deliver" them to you but I got 6 of them by talking to the employees replacing some poles down the road. I just had to pick them up.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:03 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I think they want you to sign a waiver now if you pick up the old creosote ones. Something along the lines that you will not be using them in a body of water. I had to sign one a few years ago from Maine Public Service when I picked up 4 old ones from them for personal use. If you want new ones, talk to a local Electrical contractor, we buy them all the time from MPS , but I don't know how much they are right off the top of my head, I leave that to the one who does the bills.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Portland & Bangor
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Default utility poles

Call the local utility first..but a lot of them are using sub contractors to put in new poles and the subs are keeping the old ones for re-use. New poles cost $250-$300 a piece and you have to deal with transport.

I called Bangor Hydro this summer and they don't have any...not sure about CMP.

A similar product is railroad ties. They are smaller and easier to handle and treated the same way(kerosene or creosote soaked) Tons of them "lying around"--it can be difficult to find out who owns them.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Maine
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thanks so much for the information
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Glendive, MT
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did you find out anything about this msina?
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I found out that it's not the same as years ago!! lol Used to be the power company was glad to get rid of the old ones, I think there may be too many laws about it now as well as a big interest in what used to be considerd junk. I guess I'll go with the landscape timbers, they're a good alternative and much less expensive than many other matierials I've checked.
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Glendive, MT
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darn! sounds like everyone's getting in on the trash to treasure thing! I'm sure the landscape timbers will be wonderful!
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Bangor Hardly sells used poles for about $85, but they are mostly shattered from being hit by vehicles. The good used ones go for about $130. However, there is no duty on used poles from Canada. I built a pole barn a few years ago and I got the poles from Rainsford Contracting in Frederickton, NB. They were $20 each. I bought 14 and brought them back.

Here's a hint: Talk to the US Customs guys on the way over and get the item number from the book and you'll save a lot of time on the way back if the guy on the next shift has no idea what you are doing.

Frederickton is closer than you think. Rainsford is on the Hanwell Road this side of town.
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