On 3/30/11 11:33 AM, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
> Howdy, TowerTalkians --
> I just read a portion of the ARRL tower book where the author recounts
> an episode where the temporary rope guys holding the bottom sections of
> the tower stretched so much that he found himself laying on the ground with
> the tower laying on top of him. Similarly, W2GD had the same thing happen to
> him. In neither case was the climber terribly injured but they were lucky
> to fall onto soft ground.
Also depends on the kind of rope you're using. A non-stretchy rope
helps a lot. A quick glance over a rope catalog or even something like
the McMaster-Carr catalog's explanatory sections will tell you what kind
of rope to use.
(that climbing rope designed to cushion the impact of a fall is probably
a bad choice<grin>)
I've also used hybrid guys... a fixed length of steel cable with a rope
to "customize" the length. (Where I used to work, we had a lot of
pre-made steel cables with thimbles, etc. and, of course, they're never
exactly what you need)
Proper shackles and coupling is, of course necessary.
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