In a message dated 6/27/02 6:09:08 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> The title says it all... We had an apparent microburst or severe
> downdraft or whatever they want to call it. Anyhow, it took out a perfectly
> healthy 60 foot Oak which took out a set of guys which in turn took down my
> 60 foot tower and assorted antennas.
First, don't try to dismantle the damaged tower yourself - get a
professional with the right gear and ability.
Second, file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company. Just open
the claim - you can get repair estimates later.
> My dilemma is, since my bottom section was a piece of 25g that had been
> cut off at concrete level by the previous owner and, my tower bent at about
> the 5 foot level which - of course - is just below the first joint, what
> my best options. I suspect that sawing the remnants off at concrete level,
> plugging the holes, and installing a mounting plate is going to be a lot
> less painful than trying to jackhammer a yard of lazy aged concrete into
> manageable sized chunks.
Yes, and it's quite easy. Get a flat base/roof plate and drill some holes
in it for anchor rods. Rent a rotary hammer and concrete bits. Drill some
appropriate holes for your all-thread anchors. Put some epoxy in the hole and
insert all-thread. Let dry. Install levelling nuts on all-thread. Put plate
on. Now you can level and install the tower.
> I notice that Rohn offers a Pier Pin mount and also
> a mounting plate with 4 mounting holes and stubs for the first section to
> mount to. There is about $50 difference in the price so that is not a real
> issue. Just wondering if anyone has any pros and cons to offer on the
Ugh - don't get the pier pin; there's nothing holding up the tower; you
have to temporary guy it in order to install the tower. Better to drill some
holes and have a secure base plate.
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