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Subject: [TowerTalk] trees as guy anchors
From: (Richard M. Manns)
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 17:02:54 -0700
Hi - just a quick passing comment on coconut palms, we have had some of the big 
ones in the sand go 
Over but not leave.  If I HAD to use palms, they would be at least 5 years old 
and I would secure around
The base for they REALLY DO WHIP.  FYI the winds I've observed here have exceed 
200mph  (Typhoon Pamela)
73 es gud luck
Dick KH2G

-----Original Message-----
From:   Lee Buller []
Sent:   Wednesday, September 17, 1997 7:53 AM
Subject:        Re: [TowerTalk] trees as guy anchors

At 08:41 AM 9/17/97 -0700, you wrote:
>At 7:34 AM -0700 9/17/97, Ed Jensen wrote:
>>Using trees as guy anchors has worked well for many (I never heard of a
>>failure).  The recommended technique is to drill a hole straight through the
>>trunk and put a long eye bolt through it.
>>Here in El Paso, I have several palm trees in likely spots.  I wonder if
>>anyone has experience in using palm trees as anchors.  Are their root
>>systems extensive enough to serve?
>The big stout date palms should be fine, but I would worry that the tall
>coconut palms would sway so much in a strong wind they might be more
>dangerous (pulling on the guy wires) to the tower than the wind, itself.
>It would be interesting to see what others think.
>73, Dick

One short comment....  Do not try this with a Cottonwood tree.  A hugh
Cottonwood can blow over in a gust of wind.  It is not a good idea to guy to
a Cottonwood tree.


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