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Subject: [Towertalk] Dismantling towers
From: (David Robbins)
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 13:44:28 -0400 (EDT)
with rohn 25 my prefered method is to come off the tower at the bottom set
of guys, take them off then lift the tower off the base and use the guys
to lay it over like a field day tower.  its harder to do that with heavier
towers like 45 and 55 though where temporary guys are definately the way
to go.

> Here is another caution  when taking down someone else's  tower.
> Disconnecting guys along the way up and dropping the sections in thirty
> minutes is quite a feat (in stupidity).  I once took down a tower,
> removing guys starting at the upper set, and working my way down (the
> proper method).  On the last set, if it hadn't been for a few trees to
> catch the still connected guys,I would probably be dead now.  The base
> was barely in concrete - apparently the original owner just set it on
> ledge and put about 2 inches of concrete on it to keep the base
> "stable".  When one of the 3 guys was released, the tower just went
> over!  What a surprise to ride it down from 40 ft,, while another well
> known contester at 35 ft. goes for the ride of his life too!  The tower
> stopped at 5 ft. above ground due to guys being caught in the tree
> branches.
> Lesson learned:  Add a temporary set of guys at probably the 20 ft.
> level to improve the safety margin with unknown bases.
> If the tower was properly installed, it would have made for a simpler
> scenario.
> Regards,
> Mark, K1RX (that other NH tower crew)
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