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Lifting a 60' Hinged Tower

  1. Oct 19, 2016 #1
    Hello folks,
    I am new to the forum and have read threads on different topics that have help me out with problems with my projects. Each of the threads I read everyone was helpful and friendly, so I decided I would try with one of my own problems.

    I read one thread that has given some of the info I need but not all. What I have is a 60' antenna tower triangular shaped weighing roughly 300 lbs. The base is hinged onto a cement base footing roughly 18" by 18" by 36". I am trying to determine the best location on the tower to attach my line to pull the tower up. I may be using the formula wrong but this is what I get: 300 * (30/7base section height) = 1284. My questions:

    If I move the location to say 25' or 20' will this formula hold?
    When a pass the 40 degree mark raising the tower does this weight decrease as well as the line tension?

    Thank you,
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  3. Oct 20, 2016 #2

    Stephen Tashi

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    What's happening at the other end of the line? Are you holding it in your hands? Do you have room to walk along the ground as you pull the tower up ? - or must you stand still ?
  4. Oct 20, 2016 #3
    Thanks for your response. I have a 3/4 ton rope puller I am using to pull the tower up to the house bracket. The 1/2" rope is three strand rated for 6,500 lbs. On my roof there are two antenna tripods I plan on using a pulley on each to guide the rope to the other side of the house, where I plan on anchoring the other end of the puller to a large tree. There is room for someone to walk beside the tower but I was hoping the puller would be sufficient enough, but I need to lesson the side to side movement of the tower if I can.
  5. Oct 20, 2016 #4

    Stephen Tashi

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    To do a mathematical analysis of the problem would require diagrams of the set-up, or a very detailed description.

    Can you simply experiment with various schemes for attaching the line - without breaking something in the process?
  6. Oct 20, 2016 #5


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    How sturdy is the hinge against side-to-side movement? I'd think you would want 3 lines for pulling it up, and at least 1 line for slowing and stopping it at the top. Raising large antennas takes positive control at all angles (don't ask me how I know this...). How does the antenna get stopped and locked in the upright position?

  7. Oct 20, 2016 #6


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    What is the height above the ground of your two pulley connection points?
  8. Oct 20, 2016 #7
    Hi all,
    Thanks for all the questions. It helps to think the process through.

    To begin the hinges are 1/4" think flat steel which is 1 1/4" wide and 36" long. There will be a steel plate on each side of the base tower section legs. I have debated getting 3/8" think steel or thicker just to make sure. The hinges are almost 3" above the top of the footing.
    I was thinking that some of the other questions asked would be better answered with some pictures and diagrams. I'll put that together tonight and post it for everyone to take a look at. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks again and standby for the pictures.
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