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Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree

To: "'Tom Osborne'" <>,"'Towertalk'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree
From: "Wes Attaway (N5WA)" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 22:33:29 -0500
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Tom .... one more idea .... people talk about using weights on
the down line from a pulley.  I have been using what I think is a
better option.  I just loosely wrap the dacron line around the
base of the tree and tie it off with a simple loop-type knot
(like you would use on a boat to stop a line from running back
out).  I'm not sure of the real name for the knot.  

It really works great because there is some "play" in the line
that keeps things from breaking.  The line just pulls up a bit
when tension is on it, but the friction around a decent sized
tree is enough to stop it from moving very much.  Also, there is
no need to screw anything into the base of the tree, or to hang
any kind of weight that will swing around in the wind or try to
bend your screw-eye.  It does not harm the tree.  Moreover, it is
not real obvious and is nice from an esthetic standpoint.  You
can just coil the excess line and lay it on the ground and cover
it with leaves. 

Again, give it a try.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Monday, September 04, 2006 10:00 PM
To: Towertalk
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree

Hi Wes

The only problem I see with that is that if you have 8 inches of
shaft on a 
screw eye, that is a lot to bend back and forth.  Seems like it
is a lot 
stronger if you can screw it right into the edge of the eye.
IMHO   73

> Tom .... I think the best solution is to use a longer screw
> I have purchased some galvanized eyes from Home Depot that are
> 12" (or maybe 14") long.  If you screw them into the tree only
> far as the threaded portion (usually about 2 inches) you will
> have a lot sticking out.  The eye will hold just fine and as
> tree grows around it you will not ever be able to pull it out.
> It will be serviceable for many years.


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