James E Hackett's photos


  • Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City UT


  • Cellphone tower (tree), Salt Lake City UT

    This is a cell phone tower made to look like a pine tree or fir tree of some sorts. I've seen these imitation towers in other areas now and then but I can always tell it's cellphone tower almost immediately.

  • Traffic lights on a bridge, Salt Lake City UT

    I found it quite an unusual site for me seeing traffic lights mounted right on the side of an interstate overpass.


  • Rocky Mountain Power, Rupert ID

    This modern ally arm is mounted on a traffic light post and seems to use another composite cross arm for its brace.

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Declo ID

    I found it unusual to see an alley arm like this!

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Declo ID

    I've never been a huge fan of the aesthetics of hv vertical switch poles but I found this one to be quite interesting and unusual.


  • Albion ID

    This line seems to feature some very usual metal brackets. I was quite surprised when I saw the this line on 77.

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City UT

    It was interesting to see that this utility often doesn't tie the wires to porcelain insulators like most utilities do but instead use metal clamps that bolt the wires right down onto the insulators crown. This utility seems to like doing this especially…

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City UT

    This 138kv line has interesting divot arms that aren't bolted directly to the poles but using those rings (not sure what they'e called) that many utilities use for deadened insulators.


  • Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City UT

    This single phase 12.47kv makes quite a goofy turn towards the back of the houses on this street! I couldn't get a close shot but if you look close you can see the two wires (primary and neutral) are connected almost 90 degrees from the back of that cross…

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd

    This sub-transmission line (not sure what the voltage is) goes all the way up one of the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City all the way back down the other side connecting a town called Hebert. Many of the corner and dead end poles often have one or tw…

  • Rocky Mountain Power, Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd

    Line opposite direction from the previous photo. You can see line going down the mountain toward Heber City.


  • Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake City UT

    This 138kv goes right down a residential street and almost right over a house I stayed at. This is the first time I've seen a 138kv line span so low and practically go right over the houses. Another interesting thing noted is the weights hung at the ends…

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  • 3-phase open wire delta secondary line

    In various cities, Consumer's Energy seems to have a few 3 phase floating delta circuits here and there and I've always been curious as to where some of these lines go. Well...... I finally spotted a 3-phase delta bank and got the chance follow the line..…


  • Duke Energy Carolinas

    I never seen these usual looking insulator brackets before. Located near Lynn SC

  • Duke Energy Carolinas

    I never seen these usual looking insulator brackets before. Located near Lynn SC

  • SCANA

    Not terribly old as a whole but old for a 13.8kv grounded why single phase. This makes me wonder more about the history of SC&G in Charleston SC area being most 23.9/13.8kv lines are generally newer in general but this obviously being an old single phase…


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