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Metal pole - what was this used for?!

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  • Metal pole - what was this used for?!

    We recently moved, and at the top of our 1/2 mile long driveway is an 8' tall metal pole, 8" in diameter. It's sunk in concrete and the top few inches of the pole are threaded.

    Any idea what its use may have been?! I believe it's too big in diameter to be a flag pole? No electric for a light....tried to see if the trash company would take it but its too big. Would love to find a use for it, or figure out what it's original purpose was.

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    Is it hollow?
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    • #3
      Could it be an old irrigation well that has not been capped yet?

      Here most anyone would love to take that off your hands.

      Is there a scrap yard close?
      If so, ask them about it.
      They may want it or know who does.

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      • #4
        Mailbox? Some rural areas require an indestructible way to anchor your box, since knocking them down is so popular with some people..

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        • #5
          If it is hollow, septic vent?

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          • #6
            Any possibility it held a basketball hoop?
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            • #7
              That sounds way too big for a conventional pipe cutter. I have one that will cut a pipe about 4" in diameter. It sounds too tall for a satellite dish, even the really old giant dishes.
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              • #8
                Patience pole?

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                • #9
                  I bet it was a flagpole--a tall one!--and they salvaged the easy parts (ie, not set in concrete). I'd recommend looking on Google Earth historical imagery, you might find what that pole had been used for. PM me if you don't use Google Earth, I walk walk you through how to find the prior years imagery-- most properties go back to the 60s and 70s.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by candyappy View Post
                    Mailbox? Some rural areas require an indestructible way to anchor your box, since knocking them down is so popular with some people..
                    8 feet tall at the top of the long driveway? Hmm. Could be.
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                    • #11
                      A picture may help.

                      Is it where it could have been part of an entrance, maybe there was another across and a gate there?

                      8" pipe is huge for most anyone may want to build.
                      Our entrance gate pipe posts are 4 1/2" drill stem pipe.

                      Going up to 8" for that or flag pole would be more as a visual feature.

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                      • #12
                        Light pole? For one of those automatic dusk to dawn yard lights?

                        We have one like that right next to our pole barn. Metal, 8 feet tall, set in concrete though it's not threaded that I can recall. As the previous owner of our farmette was an electrician, I'm betting it was a light pole. We left it in place, gave it a wrap of metal field fencing, and planted a honeysuckle. (no, honeysuckle isn't invasive and is easily controlled here). It's very pretty now!
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                          It is hollow...

                          Our mailbox is in a row with all of our neighbors' further up the road. The location makes me think it held a light or flag or something. We've had a ton of rain and we were able to pull it out of the ground, nothing is attached underneath. I've posted it on Letgo hoping someone would come get it but no luck!

                          HungarianHippo Great idea! I'll try that now (and may PM you if I cant figure it out )


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SugarCubes View Post
                            It is hollow...

                            Our mailbox is in a row with all of our neighbors' further up the road. The location makes me think it held a light or flag or something. We've had a ton of rain and we were able to pull it out of the ground, nothing is attached underneath. I've posted it on Letgo hoping someone would come get it but no luck!

                            HungarianHippo Great idea! I'll try that now (and may PM you if I cant figure it out )

                            In our area we have a few scrap metal yards that pay for it. Probably only worth a couple of bucks.
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                              Old style satellite dish (the 6' kind, not the 18" kind) with the dish removed??
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                              • #16
                                How about a pole meant to hang a wide ranch gate from?
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Ambitious Kate View Post

                                  8 feet tall at the top of the long driveway? Hmm. Could be.
                                  I missed the height!! Maybe it was for bird houses? Like Purple Martins??

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                                  • #18
                                    the old satellite dish is a good call, I bet that's what it was.

                                    I'm like the polar opposite of the LetGo website-- I tend to stash stuff like that in one of my outbuildings, absolutely convinced that it would find a good use. I think I should name my farm "That Could Be Useful Acres"

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                                      Originally posted by candyappy View Post

                                      I missed the height!! Maybe it was for bird houses? Like Purple Martins??
                                      The property has Martin houses and bird houses everywhere so this would totally make sense!!

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                                        Originally posted by HungarianHippo View Post
                                        the old satellite dish is a good call, I bet that's what it was.

                                        I'm like the polar opposite of the LetGo website-- I tend to stash stuff like that in one of my outbuildings, absolutely convinced that it would find a good use. I think I should name my farm "That Could Be Useful Acres"
                                        Would they place a satellite dish 1/2 mile away from the house? So odd. Trust me, I’d love to find a way to repurpose it but dragging that thing all the way to the barn is going to be a challenge, it weighs a TON! My old Kubota sure would have come in handy

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