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Old 01-02-2007, 11:30 AM   #1
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We had a 320' tower behind our shop that fell over the weekend. Ice buildup on the guide-wires caused it. I saw it before it fell & looked like a big S dancing in the air. Amazingly,it fell nearly straight down.


There is about 60' wadded up in a pile inside the 'shed' shown,the rest is scattered about the yard.
No vehicles damaged,only the compressor/oil shed had damage.

all the pics can be seen here
http://www.texas4x4.org/gallery/album425


another good one
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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Wow, there's still a lot of straight metal in there. Who needs a deer blind?!?
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you mean 60' feet right?
glad noone was injured...
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yea,i ment feet....i need to fix that. Thanks
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Man, glad there were no injuries. Most of them do fall straight down, more or less, lots of tower climber deaths last year. When a tower is engineered it is designed to take a certain amount of ice on the guy wires and also on the tower parts and on the antennas and dishes mounted to it, but when the ice load is more than anticipated this is the result. I saw pics of a 1200' tower in Mooringsport, La when it got ice too thick and fell, what a mess.
Thanks for the pics.
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I saved some ice that was built up on the guide wires. The chunk was as big around as a grown mans forearm.



Side note: How in the heck can you pay someone enough to scale a 1200' tower??? I climed this one one time,maby a quarter of the way up....and my hands were aching from such a tight grip. Im not scared of heights,but those things are scary!!
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