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Re: [TowerTalk] Crank up tower bracing rubbing against cable

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crank up tower bracing rubbing against cable
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:45:37 -0400 (EDT)
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Jonathan, this sounds like a recipe for disaster! 300 to 500 pounds of  
force is one matter; making sure you don't exceed that with a vehicle is 
another  matter. I have seen no 500 pound fuses.
Another consideration is if the tower can handle that much force. 500  
pounds at the end of a 20ft lever (telescoped tower) is 10,000 ft pounds/12000  
inch pounds of over turning force!
A longer crow bar can be as simple as the existing crow bar with a length  
of pipe slipped over the end. 
Gerald K5GW
In a message dated 10/19/2012 1:20:48 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

Hi  All,

Thank you the replies.  I also received many replies in  private.  Many of 
you suggested of bending the bracing with a crow bar or  hitting it with a 
piece of wood.  Well, I tried both methods today and  neither of them worked. 
 I would need a really long crow bar to bend that  thing.  The wood method 
didn't work as the wood absorbed all the  pounding.

I have an idea that might work and save me a lot of  time.  My tower is 
very close to my driveway.  I could tie a cable  to the bracing and attach the 
other end to a winch or a vehicle.  With a  300-500lb force I should be able 
to bend the bracing just enough to clear the  interference.  When retracted 
the tower should be able to withstand the  pulling force, I hope.  Since I 
don't have a winch I will have to ask my  neighbors for help.  I will report 
back on my progress and result.   Thanks and 73.

Best Regards,
Jonathan Woo, W6GX
(970)  646-1711

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