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At 09:25 PM 4/26/97 EDT, you wrote:
> MAKING MAST STEPS
>There are a lot of pro's and con's about climbing a mast with steps.
>Here is what works for me. My masts are all half inch wall. The
>steps are cut out of 2" channel iron 15" or 16" long. (Channel is more
>secure to me than angle.)
>Round out semi-circles in both flanges to match your mast diameter but
>don't cut all of the way to the flat part. Drill holes for two U-bolts.
>(second one is for safety). Cut along the flange bend about 3/4" from
>each end on the top flange only and bend the ends of the flange (about a
>half inch) up 90 degrees (keeps your foot from sliding off of the end
>of the step) Take a cold chisel and using the corner, beat a huge
>number of indentations into the top surface of the step to make it less
>slippery. If you can actually turn up some slivers of steel by
>increasing the angle of the chisel all the better.
> Buy the U-bolts just long enough to pass through the step or cut off the
>excess so your cloths don't catch on the ends of the bolts. Mine are
>painted with three coats of RUSTOLEUM and stay on the mast all of the
>time. I have four on each mast and use the lower antenna boom as the
>first step. I climb as close as possible to the mast and never lean out
>in the normal way you would on a tower. One side of the top step makes
>a pretty good seat and the next one down a foot rest.
>I hope this info helps someone. Safe climbing and good dx.
>73, Jerry K0GUG
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