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[TowerTalk] trees as guy anchors

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Subject: [TowerTalk] trees as guy anchors
From: (Stan Griffiths)
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 23:34:09 -0700 (PDT)
>Hi Gang,
>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?
>Tnx es 73,
>Ed Jensen, K5ED, El Paso, TX <>

I certainly would not do it!  Here in the Northwest, we see far to many tree
failures each year to consider using them as guy points.  Of course, some of
these trees fall across guy lines that are well anchored in the ground and
you have a tower failure anyway . . .

I suspect that if you were considering getting a legal building permit for
such a tower, the building authority probably would not allow guying to trees.


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