Installing Timber Poles For Surveillance

This video is pretty informative for lining out the proper way to install timber poles.

I especially thought the '10% +2 feet' rule was handy for determining just how much of the length should be planted into the soil:

My experience has been quite a bit messier, with engineers calculating the exact depth based on a soil survey. However, this rule of thumb is really close to the calculated result in my recollection!

Also, there are some good tips about how to read the markings on a pole, understanding the 'rating', or acceptable size vs. mounted equipment weight limit, and an overview of the installation process.

Also, we have a number of posts on the topic as it relates to surveillance work:

Answering the classic question 'How many pole feet does it take to secure a lightpole?"