What are these things?

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  1. wrvond

    wrvond Senior Stratmaster

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    Driving through Indiana, I've spent years wondering what these things are and nobody I have asked knows.
    One oddity is that the power lines across the street have perforated diamond shaped metal things attached to them, so it would seem they serve different purposes.
    Any experts here that can explain what they are called and what their purpose is?

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    Looks like weights to stop the lines from whipping around in the wind......
     
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    If they were red and spherical I'd say they were aerial line markers, which are for low flying aircraft, like crop dusters, but they're not red, and not spherical.

    It's probably a weight.
     
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    They are to allow crop dusters to see the lines.
     
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    a mysterious object, let me think about that and get back to you with my best answer

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    They are dangle dongles, obviously.
     
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    Still no clue what this is...
     
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    Stockbridge dampers
     
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    Looks like a combination of compass and a saw.
     
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    Indeed, I believe they are line mass dampers to reduce line gallop. Although those are rather larger than most. Looks like there may be a spring component to the device as well. Usually you see a much smaller dumbell shaped line attachment nearer to the insulator attachments and, where necessary those folded square (into two triangles) aerodynamic dampers at mid span.
     
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    While were on the subject what are these found all over the UK in different colours and why are they there?
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    Usually a Stockbridge damper has the little (relatively) dumbbell weights on the end of a spring element. This is a more unusual design. Or at least more uncommon.
     
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    Don’t know about UK, but in the US they usually point to a buried pipeline or power line. Again, in the US, they would usually also contain signage. The colors are for the type of line. Yellow would be petroleum, red electrical power, and on.
     
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    Wait, doesn’t the point attract lightning?
     
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    Lightning would be further down the list of things to be concerned about here. :eek:
     
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    That's interesting that the US has the same system, UK is Orange for Oil, Red for gas or white fot high pressure gas, So, why are they there?
     
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    Yea right. That’s obviously to reflect alien phase beams. Come on, man.
     
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    Are you more worried about the high “crazy person potential” here? If that is the case, then maybe the craizitrons might jump from the point and hit you if you got too close....:confused:
     
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    That’s for getting Boy Scouts out of horses hooves.....................or something
     
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