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Climbing Towers to Work


#1

I think I'd shit my pants doing that


#2

In order to understand your statement in the proper context, we would of course have to know how often you shit your pants while not climbing towers.


#3

alright, alright you got me. I'm a frequent pant shitter.
But I would probably shit through the entire climbing process.


#4

I'm sure the worker's comp insurance company also shits their pants knowing that they're insuring these people.

"Please don't fall... fuck, he fell. There goes 2 million."


#5

Great quad workout.


#6

What?? Shitting your pants?


#7

So the guy only climbed 168'? Sissy! This one was in Northern MI. It was 426' and I climbed it on a 7 degree morning with 55MHP wind gusts. Never been so cold in my life.


#8


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#9

half way up a tower in Ohio


#10

What we do at the top is the best part


#11

Well, the fall wouldn't be so bad. It's the landing thats the real killer.


#12

video I took for my little brother


#13


#14

ok, so the video wouldn't load http://youtu.be/H7Uc9exwLRQ


#15

I don't mean to whore up the thread, but ..........wait, I guess I do

last week, in Chicago


#16

Nice. I lol'd


#17

How do you build a tower like that?
How do you get the components to the top?


#18

Damn, what is the pay for something like that?


#19

I asked this in the last thread about this same subject and it was overlooked but - have you ever gotten to the top only to realise you left vital tools down in the car?


#20

The pay can be really good depending on each specific contract. I usually end up doing audits for at&t. It is supposed to be 100% tie off, a cable runs vertically the length of most towers and your cable grab is attached to your chest. It slides up at any rate you climb and will descend at a pretty good rate also. IF you fall or slip it grabs the cable and smacks you in the face. When you get up top you attach a retractable lanyard to the tower and do your work. The harness weighs about 50 lbs, it's a great workout if your not trying to consume more calories than you burn :frowning:

Climb, drop a tape weighted tape from the top, measure the tower and the height of the antennas, take some pictures, diagram the coax and specific equipment model and serial #s, and climb down.

A typical 200'- 400' tower takes about 45minutes to 1.5 hours. I contract my own work at a rate of $150. per tower. On a good day, even in the dead of winter, I can climb 6 - 7. Mid summer of you don't die from exhaustion 8 - 10 is a great day.