|This was the disaster of my "freestanding" tower|
|The crank over base snapped in the 90 mile wind|
|This is the tilt over which had to be supported by guy system|
The Wilson tubular tower series has gone the way of extinction but the similar design of the US TOWER MA series and this article may be relevant to those owners. Any crank up/ Crank over Rohn type tower with a winch crank over might benefit by these ideas. Do not risk the "free standing " tower coming down. It doesn't matter how much concrete you poured That puppy will flatten in a 90 mile wind for sure.
Here is what I did. I wanted winchable guy wires in 4 directions.. Two were on guy post out in the yard ,
The first guy wire is big 3/8 inch and it does not winch. It holds the tower at the top of the first section that does not crank up.It attaches with a turn buckle hook end hooked to an eye bolt. On my tower that is at the 23 foot level.( the level beyond which you cannot crank down.) The two house mounted guy points are ground mounted and house bracketed poles. One Guy point also serves as a 35 feet high mast for inverted vees but the lower guy comes down to just above the roof line on that 35 foot mast anchored by a house bracket and the lower guy line hooks on to and eye bolt.
Still focused on the lower guy I had to concrete 2 properly positioned guy poles in my yard and the lower guy wire hooks to the eye bolt midway down the 5 foot guy post. .All our of the lower guys are removed by unhooking them when the tower is tilted for ground work.
The lower guys are unhooked from the eye bolts on a crank over but both sets of guys are attached permanently to the tower. I walk the lower guy lines over so they don't catch on anything when I crank the tower over and again the top guys have the excess pulled out of the winch so the loose excess just follow the tower over. Works perfect unless you forget something. Don't forget anything.!!
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I know . You need to see Crank over pictures. When I do that, I'm Pretty pumped and I don't think pictures. This system works great . It obviously is given to your particular real estate. but I have 2 acres and did not want guys running everywhere. This idea had great merit for your creativity. Crank over - Crank up -- never climb!!