Sunday, February 1, 2009

Two Methods And Devices For Preventing And Removing Ice Build-Ups On Trees And Power Lines During An Ice Storm

Two Methods And Devices For Preventing And Removing Ice Build-Ups On Trees And Power Lines During An Ice Storm - By Applying Vibration And Jackhammer Strikes To The Trees And Utility Poles

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By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director
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February 1, 2009

During this past week, the national news has been filled with stories about ice storms and the serious damage they have caused. People have died and property has been destroyed because of these natural events which we cannot yet control. Although we cannot control the ice storms themselves, we may be somewhat able to control one of the worst effects which they cause: the build-ups of ice on trees and power lines, which frequently results in loss of electrical power.

Here are my suggestions, free for all people to use however they may please . . .


It is a fact of Nature that turbulent water will not freeze as quickly as still water will freeze. Depending on the degree of turbulence and other factors, the temperature must sometimes drop far below thirty-two degrees (F) before the water will freeze. Other things being equal, the greater the turbulence, the lower the temperature must be for freezing to occur. The movement of the water molecules inhibits the formation of ice crystals, and freezing of the water is thus retarded.

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Given these facts, it is reasonable to conclude that ice buildups on trees and power lines during an ice storm could be retarded or totally prevented by somehow making the trees and power lines vibrate, perhaps at the same rate per second that normal electrical power is transmitted.

Here is one way we could accomplish this: Design and build "vibrator boxes," each perhaps about one cubic foot in size, which would contain an electrical motor with a flywheel which is weighted so as to produce a vibration when it spins. Each vibrator box would be mounted on a tree or utility pole. The vibrations from the vibrator box would be transferred to the tree branches and power lines, and ice formation would be inhibited by the vibrations. Sensors would detect the combined presence of water and low temperature, and would turn on the vibrator motors automatically, as needed. Electrical power to operate the motors on power lines would be provided by the power lines themselves, directly connected to the motors.


To remove any ice build-ups on trees and power lines, we could modify a "cherry picker truck" See => similar to the photo below:

We would replace the basket which normally carries the worker, with a large mechanical hand of some sort, connected to a jackhammer. The mechanical hand would then grab hold of the tree or utility pole, and the jackhammer would be turned on. The sharp strikes from the jackhammer would then knock the ice loose from the tree branches and power lines. The worker would control the operation of the boom, the mechanical hand, and the jackhammer, from below on the truck. The truck would be scheduled to go through the neighborboods, hammering trees and utility poles as needed, to remove the ice build-ups.

I hope these ideas may be helpful in some way.

Blessings to you. May God help us all.

Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -

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