d. Pole tests. Test a pole of questionable strength by rocking it at right angles of the line with a
pike pole, held at about a 45-degree angle. If the pole cracks or breaks, mark it for replacement. Such
poles must not be climbed until adequate temporary guys have been placed.
e. Guy inspection. Inspect guys for tightness; missing, cracked, or broken strain insulators;
loose or missing clamps; and damaged guy shields.
Records of inspection. If standard inspection forms are not available to record the results of a
pole line patrol inspection, be sure the following information is recorded and preserved as a permanent
a. Designation of installation or name of exchange, dates covering the inspection, and the name
and official title of the person in charge of the crew.
b. Designation, or area description, of the main cable or side cables, or both.
c. A typical record is shown in Table 3-1. Be sure to provide complete information.
d. The corrective action necessary should be entered under the column headed "Notes"; for
example, guy clamps tightened, broken insulator on pin 7 replaced, or placement of a temporary guy to
strengthen pole, and so forth.
Table 3-1. Record of inspection.