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.