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[TowerTalk] Re: Plumbing a Tower (or tapered pole)

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Plumbing a Tower (or tapered pole)
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 13:21:58 -0600
Plumb Bob  vs.  Transit     de   N4KG

Frankly, I am amazed at this claim that a plumb bob caused the top 
of the described tower to  be off plumb by 2 feet.  Could the transit 
be the problem and not the plumb bob?

I use two plumb bob's, at right angles, to sight the tower and believe
I can get within an inch or two with this method.  I use stranded
#22 wire and a 5 lb. window weight.  Once it is stable it makes an
straight vertical line to sight.  I usually sit on the ground with my
feet in front
and arms behind me and move only my eye as I sight up and down the 
tower / plumb bob wire.   A portable tri-pod or other support comes in

de  Tom  N4KG

On Thu, 14 May 1998 10:48:19 -1000 Jonathan Starr <>
>A Builders Transit is the only tool that can properly plumb a vertical
>structure. Any wind or slight convection will make a plumb bob 
>My 100' Rohn 80 tower on sloping ground was plumbed as best possible
>using a plumb bob, 8' level (while climbing up and down), the horizon,
>and eyes, and we thought it was pretty good. The only clue that
>something wasn't right was that the guys on one side sounded 
>duller, when tapped sharply with a wrench. This turned out to be the
>down side.
>When I brought a Transit home from the pawn shop, I was shocked to 
>the tower over 2' out from vertical, necessitating two new big grips.
>Luckily we had left the guy wire ends trimmed long to loop through the
>Using a transit is easy. There are two bubble levels that must be
>centered using adjusting screws, and then the crosshairs should ride
>right up a tower leg or the center of a pole as you elevate the
>The only thing that makes adjusting guys with a transit time consuming
>is having to move the transit between two locations. Two transits 
>make it a very quick job.
>I see used transits readily available now that surveyors and engineers
>are using laser and gps equipment. Check your local rental or survey
>equipment supplier for used gear.
>Jonathan KH6X

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