>Alfred J. Frugoli wrote:
>> Terry Dunlap wrote:
>> > Those certainly sound like good rules to me but I'm still in the dark about
>> > safe alternatives. Do you crank the tower all the way down and use an
>> > extension ladder to reach the mast/rotor/antennas? Do you still block the
>> > tower when using a ladder and if so how do you safely block it before using
>> > a ladder???
>> I use an extention ladder while the tower is "fully retracted". I lower the
>> tower as far as the limit switch will allow, then I place the ladder on the
>> lowest section, and never on any of the higher ones for fear it may put a
>> wierd strain on the cable etc and casue the tower to shift. I do not block
>> the tower when I'm doing this kind of work. (probably should though) Then I
>> climb the ladder to work on boom/mast connection, switch box, feed line
>> checks, etc. If I have to do anything that requires touching the tower
>> sections themselves or reachign inside the sections (i.e. rotor work,
>> tightening u-bolts on boom for inverted V's or the switchbox) I tilt the
>> over and then I put a large 12x12 beam that is about 5 feet tall under the
>> tower to take th strain off the raising fixture. Then I extend the sections
>> out enough to work on the rotor and block the sections so they won't slide
>> That's my method, anybody else have any hints, suggestions, criticisms?
>> > 73 de Terry KK6T
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>I lower the tower, block all sections independantly leaving some tension
>in the cables and climb it. I feel as safe doing this as leaning a
>latter up against it. Most extension ladders scare the hell out of me.
> I fell confident in my abilities to block the tower and the
>probabilities of mishap as certainly no more than droping antennas or
>tower section into guy wires, etc...
>For what it's worth...
>73 de Mike
I hate to disagree with you, Mike, but considering all of the crankup horror
stories I have heard, I must. Each new story tells of yet another way a
crankup can "get you". I am convinced that I have not heard all the
different ways yet and I have heard dozens of them. Crankups are inherently
dangerous to be around and I, for one, can't anticipate their next attack
plan. I don't think anybody can . . .
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