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.
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.