Chance / Hubbell Power Systems - Lineman's Slang

  • Lineman's Slang

These terms were taken from the Chance Lineman's Slang Dictionary.

Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) manufactures a wide variety of transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products used by utilities. HPS products are also used in the civil construction, transportation, gas and water industries.

The Chance / Hubbell Power Systems product line includes construction and switching products, tools, insulators, arresters, pole line hardware, cable accessories, test equipment, transformer bushings and polymer precast enclosures and equipment pads.

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alley-arm - a side arm brace, used when cross-arm is not balanced on both sides of pole but extending out on one side only. Chance Catalog Section 5.

alligator - a tie stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

A.R. - abbreviation for automatic recloser.

baker board - platform board. Chance Catalog Section 2350. (See also ‘diving board’).

baloney - cable.

baloney bender - a wireman who works with heavy cable.

banjo - a shovel, straight blade and long handle.

bear grease - Z.L.N. electric contact aid. Chance Catalog Section 13.

becky - a cable sling.

bell - suspension or deadend insulators. Ohio Brass Catalog Section 22.

bell wrench - wrench for tightening various square head bolts.

bender - hammer.

bible - the electrician’s code book.

bicycle - a chain drill for boring holes.

boatswain’s chair - a small wooden seat supported by four ropes secured to a ring or tied at a common point above the workman’s head.

booger wire - a neutral wire.

bookie tool - a staple puller.

bookie wheel - a measuring device.

boomer - 1) a lineman who leaves one job to get to the next job. 2) a lineman who always worked on the installation of new transmission lines.

booties - meter clip insulators.

bottles - glass insulators.

box - 1) porcelain enclosed-type cutout.

box - 2) padmounted transformer or switchgear. Chance Catalog Section 17.

broomsticks - phase spacers, used to keep phases from coming into contact with each other at midspan.

buck - to lower or attempt to lower the voltage.

buck arm - two sets of crossarms at 90 degree angles to each other.

bucket truck - an aerial lift truck for raising men high enough to work on lines from the insulated bucket of the truck.

bug - transformer (Northwest U.S. term)

bugs - solderless, usually bolted, connectors.

bug wrench - speed wrench (Fargo box ratchet type) to install bolted connectors (‘bugs’).

bulldog - a “come-a-long” wire grip for holding conductor or strand under tension.

bulldog wrench - an alligator wrench.

bullhorn - Epoxirod bi-unit. Chance Catalog Section 12.

bull line - heavy line for pulling in wires (see also ‘hard line’).

bull pen - where the construction crew gathers before and after work.

bull wheel - a reel device used to hold tension on a transmission conductor during stringing operations.

bundle - multiple strings of conductor

bust anchor - expanding anchor. Chance Catalog Section 4.

buster - expanding and tamping bar used on expanding anchors. Chance Catalog Section 4A.

butterfly - conductor take-up reel.

can - an overhead transformer (see also ‘kettle’).

candlestick - fiberglass downlead bracket.

candy grabbers - channel lock pliers

cat head - capstan hoist. Chance Catalog Section 1150.

cattle guard - a plastic or metal guy guard. Chance Catalog Section 5.

cheaters - channel lock pliers.

cherry picker - bucket truck.

chicken catcher - armsling

chicken tracks - Epoxirod tri-unit (see also ‘crows foot’). Chance Catalog Section 12.

chicken wing - steel post insulator standoff for distribution construction (see also ‘turkey wing’). Chance Catalog Section 5.

chili bowl - an oversized pin-type insulator.

choker - a nylon sling. Chance Catalog Section 1250

christmas tree - pole mounted auxiliary arm used for lifting conductors. Chance Catalog Section 2200.

CLF - abbreviation for current limiting fuse. Chance Catalog Section 10C.

climbers - 1) hooks for climbing poles.

clum some - a greenhorn lineman, apprentice, helper

coffin hoist - a chain hoist of any type.

cold - a de-energized line

come-a-long - wire grip for holding conductor or strand under tension. Also spelled cum-a-long. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

corn cob - thimble adapter pin; Chance Catalog Section 5

coming up easy - pick up load or increase tension.

crosby clip - wire rope guy wire clip. Chance Catalog Section 5.

crow’s foot - Epoxirod tri-unit (see also ‘chicken tracks’). Chance Catalog Section 12.

C.S.P. - completely self-protected transformer.

C.S.T. - customer subsurface transformer.

C.T. - current transformer, a device used to transfer current from one value to another.

cum-a-long - a wire grip for holding conductor or strand under tension. Also spelled come-a-long. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

d.a. bolt - double arming bolt. Chance Catalog Section 5.

dead man - 1) wood pole, with U-bracket fitting for setting poles by hand without a truck. 2) short wood pole section, buried as an anchor. 3) any kind of earth anchor. Chance Catalog Section 4.

diaper - 1) rubber blanket pinned on overhead construction; 2) Seal-A-Conn covering connector.

digging bar - long, round steel bar with 2-in. chisel on one end; (“idiot stick”).

dig pole - a transition pole for going from overhead to underground distribution, (see also ‘Riser Pole’).

disc - suspension or deadend insulator. Chance Catalog Section 22.

diving board - a platform board (see also ‘baker board’). Chance Catalog Section 2350.

DOCO - drop-out cutout; open type cutout. Chance Catalog Section 10A.

dog bone - 1) special EHV yoke plates, so-called due to their shape; 2) vibration damper.

door - 1) the fuse tube on open type cutouts. 2) actual door on enclosed type cutouts.

drifter - a lineman who wants to see the world.

eagle-eye - leveling crossarms by sight with no measuring instruments.

eels - line hose, temporary cover-up. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

egg breaker - a guy strain insulator.

egg sucker - Grip-All stick, hot line tool. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

E.H.V. - extra high voltage

elbow - underground cable terminator.

elephant ear - a high strength strain insulator

elephant ears - 1) the arc chute on certain types of cutouts for extinguishing the arc while breaking load; 2) a triangular bracket.

EPDM - rubber material used in underground elbow and other connectors (ethylene propylene diene modified).

equalizers - a pair of connectors or club when used in a fight.

eyeball - visual determination without the use of instruments.

fish - a glass strain insulator.

flip-cutout - an open link cutout.

floater - 1) a lineman who would quit in the middle of a job; 2) a conductor that has become untied from an insulator; 3) a conductor, insulator and pin that has separated from the crossarm and is “floating” rather than tied down.

flower pot - universal bushing well, padmount transformer.

finger-line - 1⁄4" line. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

four and a quarter - porcelain dead end insulator. Ohio Brass Catalog Section 22.

fuzz box - noisy tester. Chance Catalog Section 2450.

gate - an open type cutout’s fusetube. Chance Catalog Section 10A.

gin - temporary lifting device; see pole buddy. Chance Catalog Section 1200.

goathead - an angle-iron punch.

goathorns - guy hooks, iron Chance Catalog Section 5.

goat-skin - tarp for covering unfinished work for the night.

gopher - a “go for this, go for that” helper.

goulash - insulating compound.

grasshopper - see flip-cutout.

ground hog - a lineman’s helper (see also ‘grunt’).

grunt - a lineman’s helper (see also ‘ground hog’).

gut - 5 kV rubber line hose.

gut wrench - cant hook. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

guy jack - a chain hoist. Chance Catalog Section 1100.

half-power - a lineman working off a jag. hand - a tie stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

hard head - a lag screw. Chance Catalog Section 5.

hard line - steel bull line for pulling in wires (also see ‘bull line’).

headache - 1) vocal warning of danger. 2) anything falling from above on pole.

high pot - to apply high potential to electrical machine or equipment, normally done during insulation testing.

hog liver - flat porcelain guy strain insulator.

hood - insulator cover. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

hooks - climbers, used for climbing poles.

hookstick - insulated disconnect stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

hose - rubber or plastic cover up equipment (conductor cover). Chance Catalog Section 2400.

hot - a live or energized line.

hot arm - extension arm. Chance Catalog Section 2200.

hot link - ball and socket link or other types of extension links.

 

kettle - an overhead transformer.

knife switch - hook stick disconnect. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

knuckle buster - an adjustable wrench.

lady slippers - name applied to present day climbers by old-timers.

leg irons - climbers, hooks.

lead head - 1) nail; 2) pin with threaded lead top for porcelain insulators.

leroy - generator

lid - hard hat.

limberneck - a groundman

line gut - conductor cover. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

line profile - scaled side view drawing of actual line for engineer’s review.

liners - cloth glove liners or for hard hats in the winter

lobster claw - an adjustable insulator fork. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

luff blocks - small set of rope blocks. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

mac - mechanical load pick up jumper

mack clamps - insulated jumper clamps. Chance Catalog Section 2300.

meat hook - hand line hook. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

mickey mouse key puller - cotter key puller. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

milking stool - a yoke used on the end of a structure for supporting hot line tension tools. Chance Catalog Section 2250.

moles - underground line crew.

music stand - a hot line tool rack. Chance Catalog Section 2500.

narrow back - an inside electrician.

nitros - street light bulbs.

nose bag - canvas tool pouch. Chance Catalog Section 2500.

nutty putty - Seal-A-Conn for covering connectors.

O.C.B. - oil circuit breaker.

old man - an “A” frame transformer gin (see also ‘pole buddy’).

pad - a pad mounted transformer.

P.C.B. - 1) power circuit breaker; opens the current under fault or overload condition. 2) polychlorinated biphenyl chemical.

pen and pencil set - digging bar and spoon.

persuader - a hammer (see also ‘bender’).

phase - one (single) conductor.

pickle-fork - two or three prong tie stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

pickles - wire connectors.

pig - cover ups. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

pig livers - special yokes used on EHV lines or dead ends.

pig-tail - spiral disconnect or spiral link stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

pigtail - the leader or cable on fuselinks. Chance Catalog Section 10B.

pineapple - a spool insulator.

pistol - elbow terminator.

pistol grip - elbow terminator.

pizza plate - a fork suspension attachment. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

pogo stick - telescoping tools. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

pole buddy - a transformer gin. Chance Catalog Section 1200.

pole crab - wire tong saddle. Chance Catalog Section 2200.

pork chop - a “come-a-long”; wire grip for holding conductor or strand under tension. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

pot - 1) potential transformer; 2) pole-top transformer.

pole stub - pole reinforcer.

potato hook - fixed prong tie stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

pothead - 1) a point where separate or overhead electrical conductors come together and continue as cable. 2) the termination device used on end of an underground cable.

pouch - a tool bag. Chance Catalog Section 2500.

P.T.O. - power take off.

rake - tie stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

red head jumper - insulated jumper clamp. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

red one - an extremely short distance.

reptile - insulating line hose (see also ‘snake’).

ridge pin - pole top pin. Chance Catalog Section 5.

riser pole - a transition pole going from overhead to underground distribution (see also ‘dip pole’).

rough neck - a trouble chaser.

saddle pin - a crossarm type pin, fits like a saddle; Chance Catalog Section 5.

sav-a-climb - universal fitting for laying lines over crossarms and through trees with a stick.

saw dust machine - a brace and bit or drill. saw dust pump - a brace and bit, hand drill.

service drop - the conductor between pole and terminal on a building.

sharp shooter - a shovel with long narrow blade for digging holes in ground like clay.

sheaves - any type of rope block. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

shoe-fly - a temporary line built to bypass a construction area.

short hook-up - cord and clips for electric drill.

shot gun stick - a Grip-All stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

single jack - a heavy hammer.

sinker - pin pushed down through crossarm and insulator rests on crossarm.

sister eye - eyebolt or anchor rod eye for guy strand or insulator. Chance Catalog Section 4.

skywire - a ground wire on top of poles and towers to protect the lines from lightning.

slave market - an employment agency’s office. sleeve - a splice.

slip stick - a Grip-All stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

slug - a solid blade on open type cutouts. Chance Catalog Section 10A.

snake - an insulating line hose. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

spool bolt - an upset bolt used to support spool insulators. Chance Catalog Section 5.

spoon - a shovel; cup-shaped with long handle.

squeeze on - a compression fitting (connectors).

squeeze wrench - hand compression or cutting wrenches.

squirrel cage - a steel bracket mounted on a pole to support line conductors.

staking - to survey and mark location for each new line pole. stinger - 1) wire from cutout to transformer. 2) a boom extension.

strong arm - a chain or strap hoist for pulling wire. Chance Catalog Section 1100.

switch stick - a disconnect stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

tag line - rope used to tie off line or to control load being lifted.

tag-out - link stick. Chance Catalog Section 2250. tap clamp - a hot line clamp.

three-phase set - three shovels; a spoon, a spade, and a shovel; all three are of different design for different uses.

thumper - underground fault locator. Chance Catalog Section 2450.

thru-bolt - a machine bolt. Chance Catalog Section 5.

toilet seat - 1) insulator retainer for trolley pole. A fork suspension tool attachment.

tongs - 1) usually refer to pole tongs, used for controlling pole when setting 2) insulated wire tongs used for supporting or moving energized conductor. Chance Catalog Section 1250.

transformer ‘bank’ - two or three transformers at same location connected to the same circuit

traveling chain - a movable grounding device.

traveling chair - a fabricated aluminum two-wheel trolley with an attached chain.

traveling ladder - wooden ladder with fiber rollers generally used when work or inspection has to be done on transmission hardware or conductor.

tub - pole type transformer (see also ‘kettle’).

tube - cable in conduit.

tupperware - plastic protective cover. Chance Catalog Section 2400.

turkey wing - steel post insulator standoff for distribution construction (see also ‘chicken wing’). Chance Catalog Section 2400.

two pound - a lineman’s hammer. u-bangi - 15 kV rubber line hose.

upset bolt - see spool bolt; Chance Catalog Section 5.

URD - underground residential distribution.

walking crab - a lever lift. Chance Catalog Section 2200.

waterfall - a triple drum puller.

weatherhead - the top of the conduit that contains the customer service conductors, constructed so it will resist the action of rain, sun, etc.

westerns - also hooks, standard climbers for old-type Western Union.

wire twister - an inside electrician (see also ‘narrow back’).

widow - a cable grip. wiggle - a glow light, secondary voltage tester.

wiggle wire - any kind of formed wire used for securing conductors to insulators. Chance Catalog Section 15.

wildcat connection - three-phase four wire delta

wildcat leg - center tap connection on three-phase four wire delta

wire bender cutout - an open link cutout (see also ‘flip cutout’).

window pole - a disconnect stick. Chance Catalog Section 2100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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