[TowerTalk] Erecting Guyed Tower

Keith Dutson kdutson at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jul 23 07:46:17 EDT 2017

Unless you are erecting a really tall tower (more than 200 feet), there is
not a need for extreme accuracy.

Put up and temporarily guy the first 10 or 20 feet.
Use a level to make initial adjustments.  Then use a plumb bob to make fine
Install more sections until first guy point, and install permanent guys.
Adjust guys using level and visual sightings looking vertically from the
tower base, from all sides.
Proceed until tower is completely erected.
A final visual check from the tower base should complete the alignment task.

73, Keith NM5G

-----Original Message-----
From: TowerTalk [mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Roger
(K8RI) on TT
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 1:26 AM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Be Careful With the Tolerance in Laser Levels
(Tower base leveling.

I've never been able to successfully use a plumb bob for more than about
10 ft vertical outdoors.  The repeat ability just isn't there for here, at
least not enough to trust it enough to make adjustments.  It may be
absolutely still on the ground, but above 30 or 40 feet a breeze so light
you can hardly detect it can produce a substantial deflection of several
inches at ground level.

Be careful with water levels. I've seen as much as an inch or more in 3 feet
and when the ends were paralled, there was still the same deflection.  This
as in 1/4/, 3/8ths, and 1/2 inch Tygon. It was worse when antifreeze was
mixed in the water (used in some unheated garages and sheds). Water levels
are commonly used in building home built aircraft.  The big box store laser
transits and levels for home construction were close enough for 18 to 20'
fuselage construction, but on an 18 to 24" tower base?

73, Roger (K8RI)

On 7/23/2017 Sunday 1:40 AM, Clay Autery wrote:
> I'll use a combination of plumb bobs and water tubes....  gravity is 
> remarkably more consistent than laser levels made in China.  ;)
> ______________________
> Clay Autery, KY5G
> MONTAC Enterprises
> (318) 518-1389
> On 7/23/2017 12:00 AM, Roger (K8RI) on TT wrote:
>> When using laser levels there is a tolerance of +/- Something per ft, 
>> yard, 10 feet, etc.  It's often a lot more than acceptable for 
>> leveling a tower base.
>> I have two, a transit and a level.  Setup and calibration are 
>> critical.  I have a plain old combination bubble and 3 digit, digital 
>> level. Two digits to the right of the decimal is more than enough.
>> Calibration is easy. Find something close to level (level is not 
>> necessary, but convenient) The two points should be about the same 
>> distance apart as the bolts. You can even use those bolts, getting 
>> them close with the bubble. Then you simply turn on the digital mode, 
>> set the level on the nuts and push a button, swap ends with the level 
>> and push a button.  The digital level is now zeroed.
>> NOTE: The calibration points must be STABLE!  The nuts can not be 
>> loose. The digital level properly zeroed is more accurate than the 
>> laser transit or level you can purchase at the big box stores that 
>> require much more care in calibrating.  A surveying laser transit (A 
>> lot more money) is accurate, but still takes care in calibrating.
>> Were I to go that route, I'd rent a surveying transit, but being 
>> frugal (some would say cheap) and a bit lazy, I'd use my digital 
>> level. I have it, know how to use it, and with a fresh 9V battery in 
>> it being the only cost.
>> I've seen manufacturer's suggestions to use a plumb bob. Now 
>> depending on where you live, dead calm days may be rare. We might 
>> have 3 or 4 days a year where it's dead calm long enough to use a 
>> plumb bob on a
>> 60 - 100 ft tower and a plumb bob is far more work than these other 
>> methods
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Roger (K8RI)

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