[TowerTalk] Fwd: Tower regulations for home brew towers in the US?
bluewaterpro at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 21 08:51:00 EST 2014
Or if you lived in South Florida you are height limited, need a building permit, engineering drawings stamped by a licensed professional engineer certifying that your tower can withstand 130mph wind speed and various other hoop jumping.
From: George Dubovsky
Sent: 2/21/2014 8:04 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Tower regulations for home brew towers in the US?
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From: George Dubovsky <n4ua.va at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower regulations for home brew towers in the US?
To: Markku Oksanen <markku.a.oksanen at kolumbus.fi>
It depends on where you live in the US and who lives near you. If you live
in a housing development, near other people who might be affected by your
construction, then regulations and insurance coverage do come into play.
And some of the States in these United States seem to be more concerned
with regulating every part of you life than other States do.
I live on a farm in semi-rural Virginia, and if I wanted to construct a
tower of just about any height, out of just about any material, there would
be no one telling me I couldn't do it. In fact, I designed and fabricated
all of the bearings and floating guy rings for my 105 foot rotating tower,
although the tower sections themselves are Rohn commercial pieces. I like
tower welding, but not that much... ;-)
geo - n4ua
On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 5:24 AM, Markku Oksanen <
markku.a.oksanen at kolumbus.fi> wrote:
> Just because I am curious:
> Here at OH-land even large towers can be home brew just like my 160 and
> 145 foot rotating towers.These have been made by a private small company
> that made perhaps 200 towers through the years.Building permit and zoning
> never questioned the "engineering" of the towers as the responsibility in
> the end rests with the owner.In addition, home owner insurance happily
> includes towers and covers damage without question.
> How is the situation in the US? Looks like most towers are commercial
> (Rohn, couple others) and it seems that a "professional engineer"
> (correct??) needs to look at the mechanics of the whole thing in order to
> get a permit to put up a tower.
> So, how, if at all, is it possible to build your own large towers? Does
> anybody do this?
> The towers I have are 1.5 feet a side with 2 inch tubes, inverted U (0.7
> inch) "cross bars". Only guyed at two levels and full of aluminium, 8000
> lb steel guy wires and ball bearing guy rings. And they have survived some
> crazy storm too in the past 15 years.
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