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[TowerTalk] Freestanding Towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Freestanding Towers
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 22:12:45 -0400

     I'm not using a gin pole mainly because I don't own one or know where
to get one around here.  (Maybe that will scare a few sources out of the
weeds.)  Thanks for the suggestion, though.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F
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From: Steve Maki <>
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Date: Thursday, July 26, 2001 9:24 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Freestanding Towers

>Gene Smar   AD3F wrote:
>>     I, too, have no way to get a crane close to the tower site (OK -
>>cost me a lot of bucks, too.)  So I'm building my Trylon piece by piece
>>above me as I climb it.  I first fully assembled the bottom section with
>>base stubs and set it into the hole.  After the concrete cured (a couple
>>weeks at least) I hauled the three legs for the second section up on ropes
>>and bolted them in place.  Then I hauled up the angle pieces for that
>>section and bolted them in place between the tower legs.  Then I continued
>>with the legs for the next 8-foot section.  It's a pain but it can be
>>It took me about 2 hours to assemble and straighten out each 8-foot
>Why not assemble each section on the ground and hoist into place
>with a gin pole? I installed many Trylons that way in the 80s and
>it was a fairly smooth process. I seem to recall thinking, as I was
>installing the stuff, of ways to minimize my time in the air on those
>towers, as they are rather rough on the ankles & feet.
>Steve K8LX
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