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Subject: [TowerTalk] aluminum tower disassembly?
From: (Chris BONDE)
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 11:19:52 -0800
Sorry to expound here, BUT.
Are we all going to enter the age of INSTANT gratification?
My father was trained as a blacksmith-ferrier in the Scandinavian tradition.
He said that when separating things that are put together, sometimes time 
is required.  He would rap the outside of the two pieces with hammers, put 
tension on two separate pieces (just enough but would leave it), at time he 
would use the various compounds to help release the rusted together 
components.  (here the oxidized Al).  He said remember that the coal donkey 
doesnot jerk to clean but just leans into the harness, with the help of the 
track jack, the coal railcar would move.  It just took a little time.

So your use of the car jack was correct but I would bet that if yu applied 
a little compund and just stressed the oxidized joint over some time you 
would have had a proper separation.

Just my humble opinion

Chris opr VE7HCB

At 08:08 AM 2002-02-22 -0600, wrote:

>When I disassembled my dad's Heights Aluminum 40 ft tower,
>I lowered first and used a car jack to separate the sections.
>Two of the joints were so tight that I pulled the legs apart
>below the joint.  Others on TT have recommended a combination
>of heat on the outside tube and cold water on the inside tube.
>Some chemical solutions have also been proposed in the
>Tom  N4KG

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