In a message dated 1/24/2007 8:20:14 A.M. Central America Standard T,
> Would it be better to use an appropriate through bolt/nut to ensure that
it does not come off
IMO a 6" or so lag bolt is plenty, especially when you've got 4-5 of
them holding the pipe mount. A through-bolt might be a little better but I'd
rather not spend the time drilling thru the tree trunk when the improvement is
> Would the tree need any kind of treatment just to prevent soft wood like
in a few years due to the wound.
They make a tar-like material for covering tree pruning areas where
there isn't any bark. It dries up over time and loses its capability so you'd
have to re-do it every once in awhile. You have to send an arborist up the
occasionally - every 3-5 years - to prune the new growth anyway so you can do
both at the same time. It's amazing how much trouble one little sucker
branch can be - one smaller than my little finger can stop the whole antenna
> Once the tree is topped, how do you get to the top to rig the rotor/beam?
I climb the danged thing. I bought a set of gaffes - tree climbing hooks
- for that reason. I can do the whole installation with 2 trips up the tree
- once to install the pipe mount and rig the tram and the second to install
the antenna and cables.
> Do you use a crane with a bucket.?
I have a couple of times and it makes the job a lot easier.
> Sounds really adventurous as compared to climbing towers. :)
Well, it's mostly a lot dirtier and a lot more work. Not as much as
fun as when you did it as a kid - hi.
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