In a message dated 6/3/2007 9:25:31 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> I have a related question. I have to take down a 20-year old 120' tower
of Rohn 25. I thought the pucker factor standing at the top of 30 feet
of naked tower was pretty bad when it was *new* tower and I was 20 years
younger. Now I'm *sure* I want to use temporary guys for the take-down
process. However, I don't have enough spare 3/16" EHS to form temporary
guys. What other kinds of rope, line, or ??? do you think is
appropriate (i.e., strong enough, with limited stretch)????
First, taking down a tower that you don't know anything about is THE
MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU CAN DO ON A TOWER so be very careful and don't be
afraid to just walk away from it if something isn't right.
While 3/16" EHS is the spec for the completed, under load tower, you can
use non-EHS for the temporaries so you can use some hardware store wire
rope; e.g. 7x19 galvanized, etc.
As far as rope, just about anything will work. I'd shot for 1/2" or
larger. Use a trucker's hitch -
give you some mechanical advantage to tighten it up. There are rope grabs you
use with a comealong to really put some tension in the temporaries. In all
cases - be careful.
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