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Re[2]: [TowerTalk] LOOS gauge ramblings

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Subject: Re[2]: [TowerTalk] LOOS gauge ramblings
From: Bob Otto <> (Bob Otto)
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 07:46:15 -0500
Hello George,

Really interesting post -- and a reasonable warning to many.  Now,
perhaps, readers can understand why we safety nuts always send the
same messages when people talk about building towers and tieing them
to the house <G>  Many houses just aren't as strong as many people think!

73 from.......

Bob Otto
Cincinnati, Ohio

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7:45:51 AM

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Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 4:32:39 PM, you wrote:

GTD> On 14 Mar 01, at 0:36, Stan or Patricia Griffiths wrote:

>> You know, there is a fairly easy way to test all of this and find out
>> the real answers.  Remember how you could see if your Loos Tension
>> device was reading correctly, right in your garage?  You hang a piece
>> of guy wire vertically from the rafters.  You then load it with a
>> known amount of weight like a five gallon bucket of pieces of steel
>> you have weighed on another scale.  You then test the tension in this

GTD> < snip >

GTD> This is, in theory, a good way to get a known tension!  But!!...

GTD> If your house and garage are built like mine are, the last sentence 
GTD> should read  "You then buy a bunch of lumber and rebuild your 
GTD> garage."  I tried to lift a small block chevy V-8 off the floor this 
GTD> way.  Thank goodness I had the forethought to try to lift it verrrry 
GTD> slowly.  The rafter flexed downward as I hauled on the block & 
GTD> tackle.  The 500 pound v-8 didn't go up to nearly the extent that the 
GTD> rafter came down.  When I started to hear cracking noises, I 
GTD> terminated the lift.

GTD> I guess what I'm saying is "MY garage's rafters aren't up to a 
GTD> reasonable calibration of a Loos gauge."  Beware!

GTD> 73,

GTD> George T. Daughters, K6GT

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