The problem here is that this is like holding a broom by its last 3 inches,
in a vertical position, and DOING something with it... sure, you can do that
.. but not for VERY LONG ... and Jim has it right .. in this instance, a
killer-diller gin pole is not needed .. just some assistance, and steadying
factor... like, a heavy duty piece of conduit clamped to the tower legs at
the top, and a pulley up "yonder" -- so you can navigate while holding on
for dear life! IMHO .. 73, Mark 6dx (Been there, done that)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim White, K4OJ" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2002 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Mast Coupler?
> if you are using two pieces spliced why bother with the extension...
> typically a splice is synonymous with failure point, eh?
> Suspect you want to have about half of it in the tower and half of it
> out of the tower - better to use a 16 footer and borrow a gin pole in my
> You can fabricate a gin pole for this application if need be - be sure
> to make it tall enough that you can elevate the middle to half the masts
> length above the top of the tower - otherwise you will need
> counterweights, etc. - and significantly will increase the "pucker
> factor" (that is a direct quote from the list moderator re this type of