I know what you mean. I had a home made gin pole and it wasn't easy to slide
the pole down within the clamp, so like you I was trying to get the gin pole
in position with the securing clamp near the bottom of the pole. The made it
unwieldy and likely to topple. It made it easier to have two of us on the
tower to get this homemade gin pole in position each time. Sliding the pole
down within the clamp should make it a lot easier and stable.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Drax Felton" <email@example.com>
To: "'Michael Ryan'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 19 November, 2008 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Gin pole use instructions
> Thank you, that makes sense. I have never seen one being used - that is
> The "loop over the top" part meant that I was trying to lift up the pole
> clamp with the clamp near the bottom on the gin pole. That made lifting
> whole thing awkward and I didn't have enough leverage to keep the pole top
> against the tower. To keep the thing from tipping over I looped a rope
> around the tower and pole so it couldn't topple over sideways while I
> manhandled the clamp into place.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Ryan [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1:49 AM
> To: 'Drax Felton'
> Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Gin pole use instructions
> Pulley goes INSIDE, right over head.
> Position the clamp as high up on the tower section as possible. You may
> have to swing the clamp slightly side to side to fasten correctly so watch
> for that.
> Carry the unit up with the clamp at the top, fasten to the leg, somewhat
> loosely until you have pushed the pole PAST the top of the tower, then
> tighten the attaching clamps. The outside wing nut allows you to raise
> lower the pole, and again the pulley is INSIDE.
> I would secure the pole when moving to the next section.
> Not sure what you last sentence meant about a LOOP OF ROPE OVER THE
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