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Hardware connections can be an overlooked component in overhead lines, however, they provide a critical function. Every connection to a pole requires hardware and, like wood, steel and concrete poles, there are some considerations to be aware of. In the end, it is RS's goal to utilize as much of a utility's existing standard hardware as possible. Where required, RS is able to supply any additional hardware to complete the project. There are hardware solutions available for every RS pole application.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow when selecting hardware for use on RS poles

  • Avoid hardware with cleats which is designed for use with wood poles. 
  • Avoid sharp edge contact on the pole surface by ensuring the radius of curved hardware is correctly matched to the RS pole diameter. If there is a diameter mismatch, an RS bearing plate can be used as an intermediary.
  • Spread the load over the pole surface with square curved washers backing through bolt connections. 
  • Guy wire connections will typically utilize a two-bolt guying tee to connect to the pole, however, guy wire loads should be reviewed using the RS Pole and Hardware Calculator to ensure the correct through bolt requirements. 

In most cases, hardware for round cross-section steel and concrete poles can be readily used on RS poles. Almost all hardware manufacturers offer a flat backed version of cleated hardware they produce for wood poles.

When it comes to crossarms and cross braces, any material including composite, steel, aluminum or wood can be used with RS poles.

Climbing RS poles is achieved using steps or ladders. Many climbing solutions are available.