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Subject: [TowerTalk] Fw: Blocking a crankup
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Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 13:50:17 -0600
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From: Steve Katz<> 
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Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 1:36 PM
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Blocking a crankup

I use 2x4s, usually.  For a heavier duty tower, maybe 4 x 4s.  Through the
outer webbing, in one side and out the other, placed so that the sections
cannot move at all and there is zero tension on the cable.  In fact, the
cable can be completely slack if you do this right.  Takes experimenting
with placement, though.  I have the spots marked on the outer tower legs so
I remember where each 2x4 goes (I use two of them).  Trick is to not only
chock the tower sections but do it in such a way that you can actually climb
the tower when you're done, without the webbing leaving such small spaces
that you'd need size 2 shoes to climb...  The ladder's a nice idea but I
feel more secure with a climbing belt, on the tower.  The tower's a lot
stronger than any ladder I have, also...  -WB2WIK/6

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Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 11:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Blocking a crankup

Geoff  K6TFZ said:
"What is the best way to block a crankup before climbing it?
It would be down and almost nested except for top section
so that the rotator can be serviced."
Thank you.   Geoff, K6TFZ

Now if it was me, I'd block it with some really stout iron across the rungs,
then let the tower down onto the iron......... and then I'd use a ladder up
to the rotator.. My toes and fingers are to precious to trust a cable on a

K9WN  Jake


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