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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 8:18 pm 
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Anyone remember this documentary from a few years back about the lads who paint the electricity pylons? These blokes are not wearing safety harnesses, what a tough way to earn a crust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhIf6163H4c


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ian gibson wrote:
Anyone remember this documentary from a few years back about the lads who paint the electricity pylons? These blokes are not wearing safety harnesses, what a tough way to earn a crust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhIf6163H4c
Mate of mine used to regularly climb up pylons when we were kids. I stupidly did it once - didn't do anything for me but scare me witless.

My brother actually assembles the big cranes you see all over the country. Some of the pictures he takes from up there are scary enough.

Gutter level is high enough for me without scaffolding lol

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It's funny listening to the one lad in that film saying he feels safer up the pylons than on a ladder, mad or what?



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It's funny listening to the one lad in that film saying he feels safer up the pylons than on a ladder, mad or what?
I've just watched it all way through and it made me imagine the dread I would feel every night thinking that's what I had to do the next day.

I hope those lads earn a lot of money for bashing those pylons. They deserve every penny.

I see they still get a woman asking "how long will you be?" & "will you get two coats on in the day?"



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That woman was moaning about the painters walking across the fields to get to the pylons, she had no respect for what those lads do the miserable cow, if it wasn't for them maintaining the pylons she'd have no electricity.



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fitzy wrote:
ian gibson wrote:
It's funny listening to the one lad in that film saying he feels safer up the pylons than on a ladder, mad or what?
I've just watched it all way through and it made me imagine the dread I would feel every night thinking that's what I had to do the next day.

I hope those lads earn a lot of money for bashing those pylons. They deserve every penny.

I see they still get a woman asking "how long will you be?" & "will you get two coats on in the day?"



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When I saw the doc the first time I seem to remember looking up how much they earned. If I recall 2-3 months of hard graft (its really only a summer job anyway) was a years wage.


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ian gibson wrote:
It's funny listening to the one lad in that film saying he feels safer up the pylons than on a ladder, mad or what?
I've just watched it all way through and it made me imagine the dread I would feel every night thinking that's what I had to do the next day.

I hope those lads earn a lot of money for bashing those pylons. They deserve every penny.

I see they still get a woman asking "how long will you be?" & "will you get two coats on in the day?"



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When I saw the doc the first time I seem to remember looking up how much they earned. If I recall 2-3 months of hard graft (its really only a summer job anyway) was a years wage.
Yeah, I can imagine. The way the work looks like they're on a price per pylon shared by the team.



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loved the way they opened the tins. The harness was just for holding the paint...I'll try and dig out some photos of some Indian lads painting some electric boxes.they were completely covered in silver paint.


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loved the way they opened the tins. The harness was just for holding the paint...I'll try and dig out some photos of some Indian lads painting some electric boxes.they were completely covered in silver paint.
Would you take them on a private job with you?

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loved the way they opened the tins. The harness was just for holding the paint...I'll try and dig out some photos of some Indian lads painting some electric boxes.they were completely covered in silver paint.


Opening tins like that reminded me of a couple of blokes years ago who came on a site we were working on and asked for a start saying they were artexers. The boss showed them a three bed semi, gave them the powder and told them to crack on. They opened a bag of artex with a shovel, poured in all onto the floor and started mixing it with the shovel as you would with cement. The boss went nuts when he seen this and kicked them off the site.



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loved the way they opened the tins. The harness was just for holding the paint...I'll try and dig out some photos of some Indian lads painting some electric boxes.they were completely covered in silver paint.
Would you take them on a private job with you?

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if i got a pylon job they'd be the first people i'd ask :-)



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I actually felt queasy watching them clamber about up there.


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Been tying to find out how much they get paid, but having no luck.

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Something on t’internet said £50k -£60k but that was a few years old.

I wouldn’t do it for any amount.



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I've a customer that has just retired from the national grid. He's just told me that the current tower painters are largely foreign gangs

As I though, they get paid per tower on a "no paint - no pay" basis and they're not on fantastic money.

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