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Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting

To: "'Pat Chiles'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting
From: "Julio Peralta" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 11:27:37 -0400
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I use a small 2 ton floor jack. I place as far back on the bottom of the
tower as near to the raising fixture as I can get it. I release the
tension on the winch cables and use the floor jack to start the tower
leaning over. Going back and forth between releasing tension on the
cable and jacking up the floor jack will soon have the weight on the
raising fixture winch. It only requires 2 or 3 inches of movement.

Julio, W4HY 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Pat Chiles
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 11:10 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting

I received an email inquiry this morning about how I actually start my
crank-up tower tilting over so that the weight of the tower is off dead
center and starts it decent unaided.  For those of you who haven't had
the pleasure it is not easy.  I have tried several levers and fulcums
and have yet to get the right combination.  I have also toyed with the
idea of a metal bracket to slide under the tower leg and provide a
surface to place a bottle jack under the bracket.  As I am writing this
the idea of putting a chain with it's ends bolted together under the leg
and using a car jack comes to mind.  So my question is what methods have
you tried and been successful with.  Is the "end all silver bullet
approach" out there?

Pat, K8PC

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