If you need to install a utility pole in order to run power to your barn or workshop, it can be a lot harder than you may have expected. There are a few steps that need to be taken in order to do it right and to make sure nobody gets hurt. First you want to buy a new pole. This will be safer than trying to use one that is already used. You never know how sturdy a used pole is or if it is close to the breaking point, which is not what you want.
When buying a pole, you need to decide how far out of the ground you would like it to be. That will all depend on the purpose of your utility pole. It is recommended that you bury at least 1/6th of the pole into the ground for it to be stable. Other people recommend burying up to a third of the pole. When purchasing your pole, take that into consideration and buy a pole that will meet these needs.
When you are digging the whole for your utility pole, you want to make it big enough that it is about a foot wider than the pole. Raising the pole into the hole can be quite a hassle if you don't have the right tools. You want to use a crane, backhoe, or something similar to lift the pole into the hole. Once you have the utility pole in the hole, you want to stabilize it with ropes attached to trees or other structures that will help secure it until the hole is filled. You want to begin filling the hole with surrounding earth or other natural materials. You should not use concrete as this may lead to the base of the pole rotting. Make sure to compact the backfill very well. It should be 90 percent of its original compaction. Release the roles that were helping to stabilize the pole and let it sit for several days. Once again pack the backfill and add more soil if needed.
Be very careful when installing utility poles, especially when you are putting the pole into the ground. Make sure you have enough help and the proper tools to get it done safely. Trying to do too much on your own will only result in injury or improper installation. Now that it is installed, you can enjoy your utility pole for whatever purpose you desire.