Project 366: Day 229, Balls on the Wire

For years, literally years, I’ve wondered why some wires have large balls attached. More often than not, I’ve come across balls on wires near water. Hence, I thought water had something to do with the reason for having the balls. (Perhaps, if the wire crashes to the ground, the balls keep the wire afloat and make for easier recovery?) I also thought the balls were used for planes.

I posed the question to my new friend, Leonore, when we met for breakfast. Yes, I know the question is random, but there were balls on some wires near the diner where we ate. So, I seized the moment and took a chance that Leonore had an answer for me. Although she did not have a definite answer that moment, she did follow up with me via email that night. I’ve been sleeping soundly ever since.



Oh. I’m sorry. Did you want to know why there are balls on the wire? The balls on the wires are to make the wires more visible for airplanes. Balls have to be on wires within a certain radius of an airport. This picture was taken within the required radius of the Mathis Airport in Suwanee, GA. You’re welcome.

21 thoughts on “Project 366: Day 229, Balls on the Wire

  1. This is the second post I’ve read today on balls on wires. Is there a theme developing I don’t know about? Are all the hip people talking about balls on wires? I’m thinking yes. 🙂

  2. “Balls on the wire” sounds like one of those colorful military expressions. It could mean “Soldier, stand in line!” or something like that 🙂

    It was really Buzz who knew the answer, but I’ll happily take credit 🙂

    1. You did the research, Leonore. Furthermore, you followed-up with me. In my book, you deserve the credit. (But, I thank Buzz for his interest in flying!) 🙂
      It does sound like a military expression, doesn’t it? Funny.

      1. I would never leaving you hanging, LD. Wireball was sort of a baseball-like game — like stepball, but cooler. Two players stand on either side of the wires that go along the street. The “batter” stood in the alley and the “fielder” stood in the street. The batter throws a rubber ball up towards the wire. Hitting a wire was good — certain wires were singles, one was a homerun. The “fielder” had to catch the ball before it hit the ground (whether it hit a wire or not) for an out.

    1. And you didn’t share this bit of information with us? Honestly. I am disappointed to learn many knew about the balls and failed to share the info with me. *sigh*

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