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Re: [TowerTalk] dipole ends: Tree attachments

To: jim Jarvis <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] dipole ends: Tree attachments
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2008 19:55:44 -0400
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jim Jarvis wrote:
> Wrapping anything AROUND a tree will girdle the outer layer, where the
> water uptake takes place.

I've been wrapping heavy lines around trees (through 1/2" air hose) for 
years and not hurt one yet. All but one of my slopers are anchored that 
way.  The other end of the dipole has poly rope through a pulley that 
comes down the side of the tower so those lines are *tight*, but no 
problems yet.  I do move the attach point (or wrap point) every year. 
These are fairly good size trees with the smallest being over roughly 
16" in diameter. The largest is many feet.  You certainly don't want to 
just wrap 3/16 or 1/4" rope directly around the tree though.  If the 
rope goes all the way around the tree tightly once or more in the tube, 
it needs to be redone both spring and fall. If the tree is young
it needs to be redone at least once a month. This also depends a bit on 
the tree.  Trees with rough bark will tolerate more than those with 
smooth bark.

Yes, the tree can tolerate that lag bolt far better than the rope 
wrapped around it.


Roger (K8RI)

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