b. Place a pole support (deadman) on the ground near the top of the pole. Position the pole
support at a 45-degree angle to the pole.
c. Raise the top end of the pole and the pole support by hand. Transfer the weight of the pole to
the pole support by swinging the pole over. Do not allow the pole deadman to slip on the pole or
d. Place cant hooks on the butt end of the pole above the ground line. Position the hooks to pull
in opposite directions. Hold the cant hooks to prevent the pole from turning. Position the deadman in
front of personnel raising pole, then have personnel sit the pole down on the deadman.
e. Place four or eight people with four pike poles near the top of the pole (two persons per pike
f. Raise the pole by pushing upward on the pike poles. Move the pole support down the pole
(toward the butt) until the pole is supported. Shift the pike poles further down the pole, one at a time.
Repeat the process until the pole slides into the hole. As the pole slides into the hole, remove the pole
g. Remove the butting board from the pole hole and remove the cant hooks.
h. Face, straighten, and center the pole in the hole. Backfill and tamp the earth around the pole.
Remove the pike poles. (See Figure 1-6.)
Hand, pike pole, and pile support method for raising and setting heavyweight poles.
a. Place the butting board in the hole and position the pole butt against the butting board.
b. Use two cant hooks near the butt end of the pole to prevent the pole from turning.
c. Raise the pole. Place one pole support under the top so that it leans slightly to one side of the
d. Push the pole toward the leaning pole support until the pole support is upright and supports
the weight of the pole. Use the pike poles to push the pole. Hold the pole steady with the pike poles.
e. Place a second pole support nearer to the butt of the pole and slightly to one side of the pole
on the opposite side used for the first pole support. Push the pole toward the second pole support until
the support is upright and supports the pole. Remove the first pole support and reposition it below the
second pole support. Push the pole toward the first pole support until it again supports the weight of the