Telegraph poles have been used for decades to carry overhead telephone cables. Nowadays their popularity with gardeners lies in the possibility of creating something that looks natural, is quick to build, and appears as though it's been in your garden for years. 9 things you need to know about our used telegraph poles:
1) The minimum quantity you can order is 20
2) They are generally ex-BT poles that are normally removed by BT when they've reached a certain age, or judged to be not fit for service. They may be old, bowed, damaged, or have rot etc.. Alternatively they may be taken out due to a change of route, or cables being sited underground. The telegraph poles that we supply are unsorted, and come direct from site. They will be a mixture of sizes, diameter, and conditions.
3) They are NOT stripped of all the main telephone bits and pieces, including climbing irons, cables etc.. You may find even find small ID numbers and occasionally even a village fete or lost dog advertisement!
4) They are creosote treated. As of June 2003 they cannot be used in situations where there may be risk of frequent skin contact or food contamination. Hence they CANNOT be used for children's play areas, tree houses, picnic benches, inside houses etc.. For those uses you will need to use our new landscaping poles or new telegraph poles (non-creosote treated) Click on WOOD TREATMENTS for further information about creosote. HANDLE WITH GLOVES.
5) They can bleed or leak creosote or tar in the height of summer - There's unfortunately nothing you can do about it. It is also very hard to predict which poles will do it and which ones won't. If this may be a problem use new landscaping poles, or new telegraph poles.
6) They are tapered and will vary in diameter. Telegraph poles are simply tree trunks that are de-barked & mildly planed. Not only is every pole different in dimensions from each other (like each tree) but also they are tapered along the length. So the diameter of a used telegraph pole can vary by several inches, or 50mm or more from top to bottom. In addition the very end of the pole (the original base of the tree) can broaden out even more. So, if you are looking for regularity and identical poles forget it ! For calculating projects using multiple lengths of pole positioned vertically, allow a very rough average diameter of about 150mm - 200mm.
7) They vary in length. Reclaimed poles vary between approx 22ft - 29ft (approx 7m - 9m) although sometimes there can be both shorter and longer ones, depending on where they've come from.
8) You can cut them with a chainsaw, circular saw, or even bow saw . They are straightforward to cut, contrary to popular belief.
9) The weight of a 7 - 9m telegraph pole can vary between 100kg and 200kg depending on diameter and density. An exceptionally thick long telegraph pole can weigh a quarter of a ton or more.
It would be impossible here to list all the things that people have created with used telegraph poles.
Raised beds (poles stacked horizontally, or cut & placed vertically side by side) Stepping stones and steps, Supports (to sit sheds on, or fasten decking to) Borders & dividers (beside drives, grass) Pathways (e.g. 6" slices recessed into ground) Outdoor lintels, Roof supports, Agricultural and equestrian buildings, Pole barns, Pillars for arbours and walkways, Jetties, Pond edging, Gate & Fence posts, Horse jumps etc..
*THE PRICE BELOW IS FOR 20 TELEGRAPH POLES of VARIED DIAMETER & LENGTH*
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POLES DELIVERY BY ARTIC LORRY with crane offload
These poles vehicles can offload themselves with hiab crane.
Your order can be crane-offloaded so long as there is space for the crane to operate without lifting over vehicles etc..You must ensure in advance that there is access space for the lorry to operate.
Telegraph poles and grapevines
An answer to the burning question as to how "grape-vine" came to be used figuratively to mean "an informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip"
This originates in the USA. In the early days of telegraphy, companies rushed to put up telegraph poles, some made none too well and some actually using trees rather than poles. To some, the tangled wires resembled the wild vines found in California, hence a Grapevine. During the US Civil War the telegraph was used extensively, but the messages were sometime unreliable, hence the association of rumour on the grapevine. The phrase first appeared in print in 1852.
Another reference states:. “…grapevines were associated with telegraph lines somewhere along the line, for by the time of the Civil war a report by ‘grapevine telegraph’ was common slang for a rumor. The idea behind the expression is probably not rumors sent over real telegraph lines, but the telegraphic speed with which rumor mongers can transmit canards with their own rude mouth-to-mouth telegraph system.”
From the “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).