Guy anchor failures are not uncommon. Several Towertalkians have
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>Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 17:20:14 +0000
>From: "Donald Chester" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] [Fwd: Towers Brought Down!]
>I use only three guy anchors for my tower, which has four sets of guys. It
>would seem to me higgly unlikely that a guy anchor would fail, but I have
>seen it happen.
>That's how I acquired my base insulator. A broadcast station had a guy
>anchor failure, but they had a total of six anchors. One of the anchors for
>the top sets of guys failed, so the tower broke in half, leaving the bottom
>half standing. They decided that the remains of the tower were not worth
>repairing, and opted to replace the whole tower. Since they didn't want to
>put a brand new tower on a 40 years old base insulator, they replaced the
>base insulator too, and I acquired the old one for use with my 1/4 WL 160m
>That broadcast tower was only about 250' tall.
>I saw the old anchor pier, and noted that the anchor broke off cleanly just
>about an inch or two out of the concrete. No idea why it failed, or if it
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