Ive taken down a few ham/CB/2 way towers that were unsafe to climb and the
customer would not pay for a crane. These came down very fast with the aid
of a Sawzall and a cable cutter.
----- Original Message -----
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower ACCIDENT
> In a message dated 6/27/2007 6:59:57 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> You have a choice.
>> One, climb the tower and hope it does not fail.
>> Two, call a professional with a crane and have him do it the safer way.
>> The second choice is more expensive but what is your health and life
> I was saddened to hear of Joey's accident. Fortunately real tower
> accidents are few and far between.
> THE MOST DANGEROUS TOWER ACTIVITY YOU CAN DO IS TO TAKE DOWN A TOWER
> THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT! Joe Rudi, NK7U, also had an accident
> recently in
> the same scenario. I'm sure there are more we don't hear about.
> A previous post about inspecting everything was very good. But there's
> probably a reason why you have a gut feeling about something not being
> sometimes. If there's ANY doubt in your mind, walk away from it. I've
> that several times myself and have never regretted it If you're still
> in getting it down, call in the pros.
> The best thing to do is to get a two- hook crane in there. That way
> crane can run you up in the man-basket with one hook to attach the slings
> the top of the tower with the other hook, then you get lowered off and
> second hook can pick the tower up. I've done this with 100' 25G towers
> with no
> problem. Since someone has to be at the top of the tower to rig it for
> lowering, this is the way you do it so you don't have to climb it. In
> both cases
> there was NO WAY I was going to climb those towers.
> Cheers & climb safe,
> Steve K7LXC
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