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[TowerTalk] Bent mast.

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Bent mast.
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Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 22:12:24 +0000
>       Any other thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. 

I agree with all the others recommending a crane/cherry picker. I had 
ocassion to perform this very task for a friend of mine who shall 
remain nameless (we all were ignorant back when we put these up; I 
had one, too).

I was able to put a sling far enough up the mast to leave the cg 
below it, and then the crane lifted it out, nice as you please. My 
heartiest recommendation: DO NOT SAW IT OFF while up on the tower. 
There are way too many forces that will come in to play at a time 
when you can do nothing about them except watch. For reference, rent 
the movie Sometimes A Great Notion (also called Never Give An Inch). 
It's about lumbering, and has a scene of a lumberjack topping off a 
tree for use as a gin pole. As one of the Mercury astronauts said, 
"man, what a ride!"

73, Rod N4SI
    The DXer formerly known as N9AKE
         (c) 5 November, 1996

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