In a message dated 8/15/2010 11:44:10 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> Once I was doing repair on a coax switch about 70' up on the tower. As
was taking the cover off the enclosure I heard a very loud "rattle" within
the box. I remember thinking that it sounded like a rattlesnake, but how
could a snake climb a tower?
> As I took the cover off the box I was engulfed by a swarm of wasps. It
seems they had decided to build a large nest inside. The rattle was them
flying into the metal box.
> I immediately aborted my repair and carefully began to descend the
> By the time I got to the ground, the little buggers had "gotten" me 6
> Lessons learned:
> -Seal all enclosures to prevent insects from entering.
-Wear long pants and sleeves...even in hot weather.
-Its better to have switches ground mounted than up the tower. (even for
-Always have 2 halyards on the belt. Always be strapped-in.
And always have a container of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer on hand. There
are enzymes in it that'll take the sting out of a wasp, etc. bite. And it
works in less than a minute. Highly recommended.
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