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NJ4F's commentary on tower ropes/raising

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Subject: NJ4F's commentary on tower ropes/raising
From: (David Clemons)
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 14:18:48 -0400 (EDT)

        Sorry, I deleted the message before I could copy down the real 
thread name.

        Your commentary was real interesting Steve.  Where do you buy 
this special purpose line?  It certainly wasn't an option at any of the 
several well stocked old-fashioned hardware stores where I purchased my 
block and tackle parts.  (I define an old-fashioned hardware store as one 
where most things do not come in plastic bags, and where they have REAL
heavy duty items such as the pulleys which were forged/galvanized steel.)

        My method of raising Rohn 45 was the use of the gin pole and 
block and tackle, as well as getting some assistance from my terrific 
daughter who was always ready to help her dad with his construction 
projects.  I was the boss, and I told her that we would keep our eyes on 
the tower section AND gin pole at all times while raising it, and that if 
I yelled to her to run then it meant to drop the line and run immediately 
in the escape direction which we already had decided upon.  My job 
would be to decide if I should run alongside of her or if I had to do 
something to delay the catastrophe in order to make sure she escaped.  
(After all, it is much easier to replace tower parts than people, and 
dads are quite willing to endanger themselves if it means saving their 
children.  I am happy to report that we did not ever have any problems.)
Anyway, I'll bet your way requires a lot less expenditure of energy than 

73, Dave Clemons K1VUT

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