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insulator holder cross member of old telephone pole 10-12' length

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Posted 5 years ago


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So this is a cross member of an old telephone pole. Must be 10-12' in length. Do collectors of insulatorss look for these to display their collections? I was going to make it a coat rack. Wooden threaded

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  1. adirondackantique adirondackantique, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love. Do u know how common these are to still be nearly complete except for one broken wood insulator thread
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I don't think I would want to hang my coat on that, they look wonderful but is probably preserved with creosote.
    Do the insulator stems have a strong odour to them?
    Coal-tar creosote is the most widely used wood treatment today; both industrially, processed into wood using pressure methods such as "full-cell process" or "empty-cell process", and more commonly applied to wood through brushing. In addition to toxicity to fungi, insects, and marine borers, it serves as a natural water repellant. Its commonly used to preserve and waterproof cross ties, pilings, telephone poles, power line poles, marine pilings, and fence posts. Although suitable for use in preserving the structural timbers of buildings, it is not generally used that way because it is difficult to apply.
    Coal-tar creosote is a known carcinogen & it use is restricted, on that basis I wouldn't use it.
    But that's just my opinion.
  3. adirondackantique adirondackantique, 5 years ago
    Hmm, well she may find a home in the barn also
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Maybe you should put it out in the yard on a pole with insulators on it, hang flower pots & bird feeders from it.
  5. adirondackantique adirondackantique, 5 years ago
    I like your ideas walksoftly. Everything. Goes to storage at present until we close on our new 1820 farm hopefully. Before the snow flies i can put it somewhere
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    You will have to post a new picture of it on your "New" farm, good luck hope all goes well with the purchase.
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Have a look at Inky's post image #4

    note poles & wires

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