Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Composite Poles

  • Do direct burial style poles work in all soil types?

  • Can the poles be field drilled, and how?

  • What are the fatigue failure characteristics of composite poles?

  • Can Shakespeare utility poles be stored and transported in the same manner as wood poles?

  • How are ground wires and other such items attached to composite poles?

  • How are composite poles protected from ultraviolet light?

  • What about the flammability of composite poles?

  • What are the environmental considerations for composite poles?

  • Do woodpeckers think composite poles are installed for their exclusive use?

Composite Utility Poles

  • How do I select and specify a Shakespeare Utility Pole?

  • What factors have been incorporated into Shakespeare's utility pole ratings?

  • Can the poles be field drilled, and how?

  • What hardware and climbing steps are used on Shakespeare poles, and how are they attached?

  • What are the fatigue failure characteristics of composite poles?

  • Can Shakespeare utility poles be stored and transported in the same manner as wood poles?

  • How are Shakespeare composite poles marked?

  • How are ground wires and other such items attached to composite poles?

  • How are composite poles protected from ultraviolet light?

  • What about the flammability of composite utility poles?

  • Why are composite and wood poles of the same strength rating different diameters?

  • What about resonant vibration on composite poles?

  • Do composite poles lift and set like wood poles?

  • What is the recommended torque for through-bolts?

  • Do the bolts loosen in fiberglass utility poles?

  • How should down guys and the like be mounted on FRC poles?

  • What are the environmental considerations for composite poles?

  • Do woodpeckers think composite poles are installed for their exclusive use?

Crossarms

  • How are composite poles protected from ultraviolet light?

  • Do fiberglass crossarms work on wood poles?

  • How are crossarms protected from ultraviolet light?

  • Can the crossarms be drilled in the field?

  • Can the core absorb water?

  • Can ground wires be attached to the crossarm?

  • What is the expected life of the crossarm?

  • What special hardware is needed?

  • What lengths and colors are available?

  • What is the effect of continued flexing on the crossarm?

  • How do temperature extremes affect the composite crossarm?

  • After field drilling, is there hydrolyzing of exposed edges?

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