2018 Pole Testing Starts This Summer by NHEC | May 22, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments NHEC will once again be testing poles throughout the summer and fall of 2018. Utility poles require regular inspections to evaluate the quality of the timber and level of wood decay present to help determine the integrity and stability of the pole and whether it should be replaced. Alamon Contract Services will be performing visual and resistograph testing of over 10,000 poles throughout the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) service area. The resistograph is a specialized drill that tests the pole below the soil level where most of the defects or damages occur to determine the level of pole integrity. All Alamon vehicles will be identified as a contractor working for NHEC, and all Alamon Contract Services employees will have personal identification with them.