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Posted by vaughn on February 25, 2009, 2:33 pm

   More that that!  Don't forget the down thrust from the tension on the guy
wires, (and I suppose, even the weight of the guy wires).  If you insist on
the guys being banjo-string tight, you could add thousands of pounds of

   For my personal ham radio towers, I always went for a bit more sway, and
a lot less guy tension.  With the big communications towers that I managed
at work, I listened to the engineers and insured the guy wires were tuned to
the specified stress.


Posted by William Wixon on February 25, 2009, 4:29 pm

apologies, not on-topic..  the this one totally amazed me when i first saw

"In April of 2001, in Mont-Carmel, Quebec,Canada, a small plane crashed into
a 1200 foot tower. The plane and its pilot remained wedged in the tower (the
pilot died on impact) and the tower was taken down one week later with
controlled explosions. This was the only way to get the plane down as the
tower was no longer stable due to the impact."

various other tower demolitions/collapses.

Posted by vaughn on February 25, 2009, 9:00 pm

   I have had two experiences with unstable guyed towers:

1) I was once hired to take an unstable tower down.  Explosives were not an
option for various reasons, so we simply bought a thousand foot roll of guy
wire, and started our way up the tower replacing the guy wires with new
(from the bottom up, of course).  Then we started our way back down
dismantling the tower.  All ended well.

The next story does not end so well...
2) On my job I hired a professional tower company to remove a tower that I
had determined was unstable.  The crew showed up and went to work.  As I was
congratulating myself for hiring exactly the right folks to do this
dangerous job, they sent two men up the tower to start work.  That kinda
surprised me.  I wasn't about to climb that tower.  15 minutes later I heard
a terrible noise.  Those two men rode the tower all the way down to the
tarmac (120 feet for the guy at the top) .  It was a miracle that both
survived, but not without a whole lot of heartache in the hospital, in
rehab, and later in court.

Towers are a serious business.


Posted by Michael B on March 8, 2009, 3:25 pm
 Distressingly enough, your comments are relatively on-topic.
What a shame that those towers were removed in a fashion
that caused them to be buckled and twisted. They could
have been the basis for a whole bunch of wind generator

Posted by Curbie on February 25, 2009, 8:19 pm
 Good points vaughn.

Initial tension on the guys and weight of the rigging.

How do they "tune" the pre or static (no horizontal loading) stress of

Do you know if 100% the above-anchor rigging-weight is transferred to
the base through the mast, or only a part of the weight because of guy

Thanks for the light.


On Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:33:39 GMT, "vaughn"

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