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[TowerTalk] Spring Tower Inspection & Maintenance!

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Spring Tower Inspection & Maintenance!
From: (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 21:43:08 EST
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Six Willarch Road; Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
617/259-0088; e-mail: or

On Sun, 30 Mar 1997 20:40:13 -0500 (EST) Frank Donovan
<> writes:

>Additional inspections planned this spring:
>Each tower base will be examined for evidence of rust or other
>deterioration and all accumulated dirt or other winter debris will be
>completely removed.  

K1VR adds:

        EIA 222-F, Rohn, and others, recommend that the concrete base
rise six inches above grade.  But an interesting thing happens if you put
your tower in the woods.  Each autumn, leaves and pine needles fall. At
least they do in New England.

        Result?  Those leaves and pine needles, as well as any surface
"wash" if your tower is down hill from anything, can leave your concrete
base covered after a number of years.  Now water can be left touching the
steel tower legs.  From this point on, only bad things can happen. 
Fortunately, this is a slow process, and you'll have plenty of time to go
back and re-read the many suggestions made on this reflector as to how to
repair and cover pitted galvanized steel.

                                        Fred K1VR

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