I agree with respect to integrity. I was a "knuckle-dragger" (Outside Plant
Installer - Lineman) and never, ever trusted steps ("Not no way and not no
how"). Gaffs were the only way to go.
IMHO, Do not buy used steps as you are asking for trouble. Good luck in your
Tommy - K6YE
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of John Ammeter
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 12:26 PM
To: Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Pole steps
I retired from the power industry and we quit using those a long time
ago. When they're new it's safe to use them but, as age and corrosion
sets in, they rust at the point where they screw into the pole/tree.
It's impossible to verify the integrity of the steps unless you screw
them out all the way.
If you only need 6 steps then a long ladder should work for you and be a
lot safer, too.
Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604 wrote:
> Does anyone know where I can get half-a-dozen screw-in pole steps at a
> reasonable price? I use a tree for some of my antenna supports, and
> climbing to the appropriate place is I had a few of those screw-in
> pole steps installed.
> Most attachments to trees are a problem because of growth, but these
> can be backed out a small amount every now and then to compensate.
> 73, doug
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