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[TowerTalk] Beware Trylon Towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Beware Trylon Towers
From: (Fatchett, Mike)
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 13:05:51 -0600
How does Trylon sell any tower with this policy!???  I can't believe the
commercial industry would even consider putting up a tower that they
could not get specs/drawings for.  I wonder how you get insurance
without a PE stamp?????  I guess the better question is, would the
insurance company pay for any accidents?

I would sure like to see the letter that they say they will produce.
Can't wait to read the disclaimer that will accompany it!

I keep going back to the old saying "If it sounds too good to be true,
it probably is!".

I wonder if they would provide some commercial/Ham references?

> ----------
> From:         Scott Bullock[]
> Sent:         Thursday, July 03, 1997 12:07 PM
> To:
> Subject:      [TowerTalk] Beware Trylon Towers
> Hi all in towertalkian land and happy 4th of July.
> I have spent 1/2 of my day so far researching and calling on the
> telephone
> with Trylon, trying to get some sort of engineering drawings out of
> them!  I
> thought that I would pass some information along to those that are
> contemplating buying a tower from these people. 
> I received a fax from them just now along with a letter stating that
> they
> are sorry but they cannot release any engineering documents because
> they are
> confidential.  They were so gracious as to give me a brief letter
> guaranteeing that the tower I am interested in would withstand the
> specs
> that they rate them for.
> That and $1.45 will buy you a cup of coffee when it comes to getting a
> building permit in this town, or anywhere else i'm sure.  Our local
> inspector wants to see the engineering drawings with a local PE stamp
> on
> them in order to issue a building permit. (It's called cover your
> butt).
> Trylons answer to engineering drawings is to tell you that with the
> letter
> you can "convince" the inspector that it's okay to put up the tower,
> and a
> picture of the base and each tower section.
> I cannot even get the dimensions/sizeups of the section materials to
> give to
> my structural engineer, as they won't release this either!  It's
> pretty hard
> to even think of trying to calculate specs without any of this
> information. 
> I for one am now dropping Trylon as my new tower unless they can
> produce
> some form of acceptable drawings. I cannot even fathom how they can
> even
> sell their product without having the specs to go along with it! Our
> town
> can't be the only one that wants to see specs!
> Yes I know the towers are big, and many people have provided
> testimonials to
> their sturdiness on the reflector and in the archives, but again that
> and
> $1.45 will get you a cup of coffee when it comes time to get the
> permit.
> Anyone out there gone through this already and maybe has some
> plans/specs
> drawn up??
> Asbestos undies on,
> 73,
> Scott
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