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August 19, 2022

How to Get a Temporary Power Pole Set Up

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Building your dream home? Running a festival? Setting up for the weekend markets? Chances are you’re going to need power! Electricity powers pretty much everything we do, but it’s not always easy to get a hold of if a property doesn’t have a dedicated mains power supply. Luckily, temporary power poles are simple to install and they can look after all your electricity needs. The process of setting up a temporary power supply is simple, but there are a few things you’ll need to do before you’re up and running. In this article we’ll go over temporary power pole basics and how to get one set up on your site.

What are Temporary Power Poles?

Temporary power poles are exactly what they sound like - they’re power poles designed to give your property access to the electricity grid on a temporary basis. You’ll usually see temporary power poles being installed on building sites that don’t yet have an established connection to mains power. Like the power that runs through most homes and buildings in Brisbane, temporary power poles have a metered connection that keeps track of how much you’re using. Once construction is completed, the power pole gets taken down and the property can be connected to its permanent mains power supply.

Although we call them power poles, temporary power supplies also come in underground varieties, depending on what your worksite needs.

When are Temporary Power Poles Used?

Most projects these days need power. Whether you’re building a small home or a giant high rise, powering your tools and keeping the site running is crucial. Temporary power connections are installed on all building sites that don’t have a permanent connection. Power poles are often also installed on renovation projects where there will be extensive work done to the electrics of a property.

You’re likely to find temporary poles in all of the following places:

  • Construction sites
  • Renovation and remodelling projects
  • Disaster relief sites
  • Outdoor events such as markets
  • Concerts and festivals

How to Prepare for an On-Site Power Pole

It’s important to get your electrical connections right, so temporary power poles come with a strict set up process:

  1. Obtain permits. All temporary power installations are subject to approval. If your power pole is installed by a licensed contractor like Poles & Holes, we take care of applying and obtaining the permits you need.
  2. Prepare the site. Once you’ve got permits for your power pole, the site needs to be prepared for installation. It’s a good idea to mark the power pole’s location from the start of the project. Marking out the site early on means there won’t be any interference with other utilities. Choose a spot with plenty of room to work around the pole and its supports, and avoid areas with overhead vegetation.
  3. Inspect the pole. Temporary power poles need a final inspection before you can pick up your tools. This inspection is simple, and you or your contractor is mostly checking to make sure the installation is safe and stable.
  4. Connect to power. The final step is to have your power connected. It’s as simple as calling your chosen power supplier and having their team connect the temporary power pole. Your utility company will also make sure the pole has been installed correctly and mark it with an approval sticker if they’re satisfied.

Need a Temporary Power Pole For Your Next Project? Contact Poles & Holes Today!

Getting a temporary power pole installed is the easiest way to get electricity to a site that doesn’t have a mains connection. Poles & Holes operates all over Brisbane and South East Queensland. Our team takes care of all the hard work, ensuring your power pole is installed safely and in full compliance with all health and safety standards. We’ll even help you get it connected to the network! We offer both above ground power poles and underground temporary connections for all domestic and commercial sites. If you’re interested in powering your next project or event then get in touch with Poles & Holes today!

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