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Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting
From: "James C. Garland" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 07:04:49 -0600
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I just tie a 100ft rope about 18 ft up the side of the (retracted) tower and
then pull on it to get the tower started tipping. I have to pull as hard as
I can, but the method works fine. The tower weighs 4000 lbs, so it's
probably at the upper end of crankup tower weights. Of course, somebody else
has to be managing the crankover winch while I'm doing this.
Jim W8SR

Jim Garland W8ZR
Santa Fe, NM
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Dan Kovatch
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 6:28 AM
To: towertalk reflector
Cc: Pat Chiles
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting

Ditto, Big bar with fulcrum and foot to get it tilting-Of course I pack a 
few LBS to help it along!!!!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alan NV8A" <>
To: "towertalk reflector" <>
Cc: "Pat Chiles" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Starting the tower tilting

> On 09/04/07 11:10 am Pat Chiles wrote:
>> 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?
> I've used a wrecking bar between the bottom of the tower proper and the
> mounting plate of my UST HDX-555.
> 73
> Alan NV8A


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