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Re: [TowerTalk] Question about lowering a Fold-Over tower

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Question about lowering a Fold-Over tower
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Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 06:20:27 -0800 (PST)
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This is a very dangerous way to lower your tower.  As the tower becomes 
horizontal, so does your pull rope creating a lot of force.  You need a higher 
support for your pull rope or use a tow truck.  As others suggested, the 
falling derrick is also a good solution.  If you are lowering your tower just 
to install a 24' boom yagi, it is probably much easier just to pull the small 
antenna up to the top.

John KK9A

Subject:  [TowerTalk] Question about lowering a Fold-Over tower 
Date:  Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:10:27 -0500 (EST) 

Hi Guys,
I'm going to lower a 90' Heights aluminum fold over tower with  my car 
tomorrow evening.  I've done this before without destroying the  tower so 
hopefully I can have another successful lowering!  
My question is what is the best height on the tower to  attach my Nylon 
Strap for lowering the  tower?   
A few thoughts:
1) The 90' tower folds over  at ground level and has a 36" wide base. 
2) In the past, I attached my nylon strap  around the tower at aprx. the 
35' level and then attach a 1/4" steel cable to  the nylon strap and raise and 
lower the tower with my car.  
3) I keep the top of the  tower 13' off of the ground so there's room to 
attach my 24' boom  Yagi to the top of the tower.  Keeping the top of the 
tower 13' off of  the ground makes it easier to lower and raise the tower with 
vehicle than if  the top of tower was on or near the ground.  That said, 
with the  top of the tower 13' off of the ground it's still quite touchy 
raising and  lower the tower as only as a small movement in the vehicle makes a 
big  change in the tower.
So I'm looking for the best strap height to lower  the tower and the best 
strap height for raising the tower.  After  using the 35' height before... I 
don't think that one height is the ideal height  for raising and lowering 
the tower.  Since it's easy to locate the nylon  strap anywhere on the tower 
I'm looking for the best height for lowering and  best height for raising.  
All thoughts appreciated!
Dick- K9OM  



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