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 Telephone and utility poles are commonly used to support wires and electrical and other types of equipment. Such poles are routinely positioned along roadways, in fields, parking lots, industrial settings, and a variety of other locales.
 However, a problem which is very often present with these poles relates to their becoming deformed or bending during use. This may occur due to top heavy conditions caused by the weight of equipment supported at the upper ends of the poles, by wires pulling on the pole, by damage caused to the poles by passing vehicles, by weather conditions, such as wind and the formation of ice, or by other injurious means. Guy wires are sometimes used to straighten poles or ensure they not fall over or break apart. However, guy wires are not always effective, since they often loosen or come apart. They also are not that easily installed and present a tripping hazard, as they usually extend outwardly from the poles. Moreover, a measure of space around the poles is needed for the placement of guy wires. Such is not an effective or efficient way of righting bent poles. There is thus a need for a system and method which can quickly, inexpensively, and efficiently straighten a deformed or bent pole and maintain it in an upright, vertical position.
 It is thus the object of the present invention to provide a system and method to straighten poles and maintain them in upright, vertical position.
 It is a further object of the present invention to provide a system and method to straighten poles and maintain them in upright, vertical positions, regardless of the weighted load supported by the poles.
 It is still another object of the present invention to provide a system and method to straighten poles and maintain them in upright, vertical positions by means of a cable and bracket configuration which provides a righting moment which, by tension, maintains the poles in position.
 It is another object of the present invention to provide a system and method to straighten poles and maintain them in upright, vertical positions which comprises only a few, simple components, is easy to install, and effective in maintaining the poles in position.
 It is still a further object of the present invention to provide a system and method to straighten poles and maintain them in upright positions which allows for quick and easy installation and use on many poles, in order to ensure that they remain in vertical, upright positions.
 The system and method of this invention uses brackets which are secured around a telephone, utility or like pole. An upper bracket is clamped around the upper region of the pole. A lower bracket is clamped around the lower region and an intermediate bracket is clamped at the proximate mid-point of the pole. A cable is secured to the upper and lower brackets and passes around a pulley located at the intermediate bracket. The cable is placed in tension between the upper and lower brackets. A turnbuckle attached to the cable is moved to increase the cable tension, causing a righting movement at the upper end of the deformed/bent pole, forcing the pole to a substantially upright, vertical position. The constant tension of the cable then maintains the pole in this position. If necessary, the turnbuckle can be tightened periodically to continually maintain the pole in the upright position.
 The novel features which are considered as characteristic of the invention are set forth in particular in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its design, construction, and use, together with the additional features and advantages thereof, are best understood upon review of the following detailed description with reference to the brief description of the drawings.
 In set-up and operation, brackets
 Tension is then applied to cable
 It is contemplated that cable
 While the pole bracket system is represented herein by toothed brackets
 Certain novel features and components of this invention are disclosed in detail in order to make the invention clear in at least one form thereof. However, it is to be clearly understood that the invention as disclosed is not necessarily limited to the exact form and details as disclosed, since it is apparent that various modifications and changes may be made without the party from the spirit of the invention.