[TowerTalk] galvanizing chrome moly

Keith Dutson kjdutson at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 5 09:51:58 EST 2005

Interesting problem.  Often I find yellow jackets and/or red wasps flying
around my tower, even at 150 feet.  However, they do not make nests anywhere
I have seen, and I have never been stung.  Once, while working at the very
top, a wasp lit on the thrust bearing just as I was about to loosen the
bolts to raise the mast.  It just perched there and seemed to be daring me
to put my hands near the bearing.  Since I was wearing leather gloves I just
waved him away and went about my business.  He did not go very far, and
eventually lit on the far side and watched me through the whole process.  A
climber friend of mine said they are particularly attracted to galvanized
steel towers.

Keith NM5G

-----Original Message-----
From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 8:05 AM
To: Todd Ruby; towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] galvanizing chrome moly

At 08:58 AM 1/5/2005, Todd Ruby wrote:
>As for the inside, the advise I received and followed from Norm of US 
>Tower was to get a tennis ball or some such thing and stuff it in the top.
>Tony Faiola, K3WX and I found a small football kind of toy and the 
>tower monkey stuffed in the top and sealed it with silicone.

There's more than one reason for this.  W2GD had occasion to climb my tower 
this fall and discovered that some species of bee or hornet had taken up 
residence inside the mast -- he could hear them buzzing inside it when his 
head was close to it, while still feet down from the top.  Wish I'd thought 
of the tennis-ball solution then, because I didn't have a 2" plastic tubing 
cap handy.  Angering a nest of hornets while 100 feet in the air could lead 
to a really nasty experience.

73, Pete N4ZR


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