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C-3 (PILES), each (pole) pile shall be branded or tagged in two places
approximately 5 and 10 feet from the butt. The brand shall identify
species, length, preservative, retention, supplier, and the year of treat-
Poles: Each pole 50 feet or less in length shall be branded or tagged 10
feet from the butt. Poles 55 feet or more in length shall be branded or
tagged 14 feet from the butt. All poles shall have the required branding
or tagging included on the butt face. The brand shall identify species,
class and length, preservative, retention (may be indicated with "S" for
standard or "H" for heavy retention), supplier, plant designation, and
year of treatment.
9.5.3 General Inspection Procedures: To check for
evidence of inspection prior to treatment, look on the tip (top) end of
the poles for a brand that identifies the inspection agency and the inspec-
tor [Figure (8)]. Upon inspection "in the white", poles which meet
material standards are hammer stamped on the tip end. This is the only
stamp that is ever put on the tip end.
To determine the type of treatment and preservative retention level,
check the brand applied by the supplier. Following preservative treat-
ment, poles are branded on the face side of the pole 10 feet from the butt
for poles 50 feet or shorter and 14 feet from the extreme butt for poles
over 50 feet long. These brands contain the following information:
Supplier's Name
Plant Designation
Year of Treatment
Species of Timber and Preservative Treatment
Preservative Retention
Class and Length
Poles are treated in accordance with the appropriate federal standard or
AWPA Standard C4 and are inspected under Power Pole Standard
REA-DT5C. To determine that poles have been inspected, check for a
hammer mark of an approved inspector/agency on the butt end of each
pole [Figure (9)]. The brand must contain the letters WQC or
equivalent quality mark.


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