[TowerTalk] Rebar Positioning Assembly

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

On 4/26/2017 19:23 PM, Steve Maki 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,
> https://www.sitepro1.com/store/cart.php?m=product_list&c=1114
> -Steve K8LX

In fact the one I actually use is $42 on that page - part# 34406.

You'll love it. Note: it's for work positioning only - you still need a 
separate fall arrest lanyard or system of some sort.

-Steve K8LX

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