[TowerTalk] Rebar Positioning Assembly

Steve Maki lists at oakcom.org
Wed Apr 26 19:23:34 EDT 2017

On 4/26/2017 14:48 PM, Jim Pruitt wrote:

> What do you tower climbers use for lanyards and connecting hardware?  I 
> recently bought a harness but the lanyard is a fall restraint lanyard 
> from the back.  I have seen rope lanyards used but they look to be way 
> too long for best position holding on a tower.  I have been looking at 
> and for a crocodile clamp style anchor like a Rebar positioning assembly 
> like this
> FallTech 8250 Rebar Positioning Assembly - Swivel Steel Rebar Hook with 
> 25" Gate Opening, Clevis-Pin Steel Snap Hooks, Grade 80 Chain, 23"
> or similar: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NPV6FFK
> Granted I am not an ironworker trying to anchor to an 18 bar wall but it 
> looked like a good lanyard to be easily clipped around a leg or cross 
> brace and keep me closer into the tower rather than leaning back 3 feet 
> like rope lanyards.
> Any thoughts or comments?

For typical ham use if there is such a thing, what you pointed to is not 
the ideal positioning device. Unless you plan on sitting for extended 
periods in your aluminum seat harness...they work well for that. The 
problem is it's not adjustable, and it's not feather weight.

For moving around on and working on a ham tower, IMO the best 
positioning device is an *adjustable rope lanyard*. There are many on 
the market. My climbers like the Petzl ones, but I prefer a simple Elk 
River. There's one for under $100 on the Site Pro web site,


-Steve K8LX

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