In a message dated 9/6/02 5:44:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
> Maybe it would be good to choose a deep-rooted tree species rather than a
> shallow-rooted one. A topped tree won't die right away, but the physical
> shock and the extra load don't do it any good, and a deep-rooted variety
> will withstand the abuse better.
Well, I only have experience with the fir trees here in the Pacific NW.
I've never seen a tree die because of being topped but I'm not an arborist.
> Steve, with your "cross" I can't quite picture how you mount both
> horizontal ends AND the vertical pipe to the tree...how long is the
> horizontal piece?
Maybe 12 inches. It just provides some resistance to the torque that the
pipe will suffer from the wind/antenna forces. It's just a strap.