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[TowerTalk] Beware Trylon Towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Beware Trylon Towers
From: (Frank T. Brady)
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 12:30:02 -0700
I've asked Scott to have his structural engineer contact Trylon directly to
see what's going on here - I just cannot believe that they are refusing to
provide the engineering specifications spelled out in the regulatory
certification requirements.

Trylon is NOT a garage operation - something is being miscommunicated somewhere.

 Frank - W0ECS

"Fatchett, Mike" <> wrote:

>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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