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Re: [TowerTalk] guy detach in the middle?

To: "chris casey" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] guy detach in the middle?
From: "Mark Robinson" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 08:09:38 -0400
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Can't you put a pair of shackles and preformed big ends in the middle where 
you want to split the guy wire. I use this shackle  method to join the ehs 
to the phillystran on my top set of guys.

Maybe you can go on the roof with a harness and line to stop you falling off 
the edge of the roof. That should keep you safe.

Mark N1UK

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "chris casey" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, 27 October, 2011 1:22 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] guy detach in the middle?

> So the university club station I'm associated with needs to lean over
> their tower and do some antenna maintenance. The issue is in today's
> climate for someone to walk down to the corner of the sloped roof 2.5
> stories up and undo the turnbuckle of one guy doesn't appear to work
> anymore. Last time this was done in '97 I just went and undid it,
> redid it, no big deal, but times change. The other 2 guys are
> accessible.
> We are faced with some sort of man lift operation with the cost and
> logistics that come with such a thing it appears. We are morning or
> self sufficiency.
> What we do have is a head high passage of the guy from the corner of
> another roof as the base of the tower is not at the highest level of
> the roof. There is an insulator there within reach, so the guys
> continuity is broken at that point. What I'm wondering is if there is
> a way to open that joint that's reachable from that mid roof and put
> in a serviceable joint for this need? Simply undoing the cable clamps
> would get it open, but I don't think we would have a chance at putting
> it back, I'm pretty sure we wouldn't have any chance.
> The guy isn't tensioned well, I can easily move it several feet at
> this mid point that's reachable. Its guying a 50' stand of rohn 25
> which is anchored to the wall of the shack about 10-12' up. TH7 I
> think on top and a repeater antenna. Its not something I want to climb
> and probably couldn't get permission and maybe not even forgiveness. I
> want it down so the kids can get hands on with servicing everything
> anyway.
> Seems to me a turnbuckle is whats needed, but for that to be out in
> the middle of the span certainly isn't something I've seen before but
> I haven't seen it all. Is there any ideas out there? I'm well aware
> the best option is to deal with the end and its turnbuckle, its just
> going to be a lot easier if we can manage this on our own schedule if
> possible. We are a club on life support and with no revenue, so we are
> squarely in DIY mode as much as possible.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> -Chris
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