a. Erect the pole derrick on the truck. Raise the derrick head to the desired height. Move the
truck to position the head of the derrick over the center of the pole.
b. Position the pole on the ground alongside the pole hole, with the pole balance point at the
pole hole. Move the pole into position with the winch line.
c. Fasten the derrick winch line to the pole at a point just above the balance point of the pole.
Raise the pole slowly by taking in the winch line. Guide the pole butt toward the hole. Center the butt
of the pole above the pole hole. The hook of the winch line should not be drawn any nearer than 12
inches from the derrick head.
d. Lower the pole into the hole by slowly paying out the winch line. Brace the pole with pike
poles. Slack off on the winch line and remove it from the pole. Move the derrick truck away from the
e. Use cant hooks to face the pole.
f. Set four pike poles to brace and hold the pole, as required. Straighten and center the pole in
the hole. The supervisor should take sights on the pole from two directions and direct the activities of
the people handling the pike poles. The sights should be taken from positions at least 20 feet from the
pole. The first sight should be taken from a position at right angles to the line of lead. The second sight
should be taken from a position along the line of lead. A hand plumb line may be used in making the
sights. (See Figure 1-5.)
Hand and pike pole method. Use the following method to set lightweight poles only.
a. Place a butting board 2 inches by 12 inches by 9 feet in the hole, in firm soil; two digging
bars may be substituted for a butting board.
b. Position the pole with the butt over the pole hole with the butt 4 inches to 6 inches away from
the butting board.
c. Station someone with a pike pole on each side of the pole.
d. Place two cant hooks, in opposite directions on the pole, 12 inches above the ground line.
This prevents the pole from rolling off the pikes.
e. Raise the top of the pole by hand. Start the butt end into the hole.
f Set the pikes into the pole. Raise the pole by pushing upward on the pike poles. Permit the
but to slide into the hole. Be sure to keep the pole from turning. Raise the pole erect in the hole.
g. Remove the butting board from the pole hole. Face, straighten, and center the pole in the
hole. Backfill and tamp around the pole.