In answer to the last question, US Tower sells a hand crank. It is mounted
to a round plate with bolts and nuts and fits into, more or less, the pulley
on the gearbox. It is difficult to keep it in place when turning it, and it
takes a long time (many revolutions) to lower the tower. You have to remove
the perforated safety guard to get access to the pulley.
> I went out on Friday afternoon to lower the tower. Nothing happened when I
flipped the switch. I checked the plug and GFI breaker, it seems to have
> I plan to return in Tuesday and begin diagnosis. I'll check for AC power
at the outlet, and inside the box mounted on the tower. Beyond that I'm in
new territory. Motor start capacitor? How does one test that?
> How would I go about bringing the tower down at least partway manually?
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