- Grips and Blocks
will never forget using these. They are used to pull two open wires
making them as one. On the North edge of the Lambertville exchange was
a pair of copper-weld wires crossing the expressway, one wire broke.
took the repair call where he called for help to get the wire back up.
Getting the wire pulled back across the highway was not too bad,
the two ends up the pole was a little harder, Vern did not like
a 30 ft. class nine pole, just 6 inches in diameter, but he got up
He got the two wires into the grips and proceeded to pull the blocks
but could not get it tight enough to make the proper clearance over the
road or to proper tension, WITH ONE HAND. It takes two hands on the
to get them tight and he would just not take that other hand loose from
the pole. Well at the base of the pole was the companies manager who
always a pretty quiet guy, but he said something, Vern can not remember
what, but it gave him nerve to let go of that pole, pull those wires
and crimp the wires together with the Nicopress tool. These experiences
in construction helped him very much to become an engineer with a good
tools Larger for Open Wire or ground wires, Smaller for Drop Wire.
1st talent learned was to toss
wrench up to a guy on a
that it stops in mid-air right in
hands. He got good at it too.
this belt was heavy.
sizes for open wire
with strand grips
the 1st test set provided to Vern. There were pins by each number to
the dial with. He saved a more modern one, dial.
has his climbing spurs. He never
burned a pole
cut hole in pole for through bolt.
Vern can tell many stories about fishing walls to get station wire
WRENCH was carried around by Vern through out his Telephony career. As
an engineer he also needed it for testing.
Wrap Gun came into being about
same time was learning torun jumpers
on the main frame.He first
learned to solder jumper wire tothe flat
terminal block pins. Actually
the wire-wrap connectionwas not
too good so he soldered them too.