Placing wire lines through culverts is the fastest method of getting wire lines from
one side of the road to the other. The wires are passed through the culvert, and are tied with a clove
hitch and tagged at each end of the culvert with two clove bitches. Stakes will be placed at an angle so
that when the wire line is tied to the stakes, the line is tight and near the top of the culvert to protect it
from water and debris. (See Figure 1-20.) Where the wire comes in contact with the culvert, the wires
will be wrapped with friction tape to prevent damage to the insulation. Leave 100 percent slack for
Figure 1-20. Wire crossing through culvert.
At this time, if equipment is available, go out in the training area and practice the
culvert crossing. Have your supervisor check your work. If you have any problems, go back to the text.
Another method of getting across the road is to bury the line. (See Figure 1-21.)
If you are crossing a hard packed dirt road dig a trench 6 to 12 inches deep across
the road. If you are crossing a sandy road with loose sand, you must make the trench three feet deep.
The trench should extend at least 2 feet beyond each side of the road.
Lay the wire loosely in the trench and place a stake 1 foot from where the wire
comes out of the ground. Tie the wire to the stake using a clove hitch. Tag the line approximately 6
inches from the stake on the field side.