Good, now I don't have to bitch at you. For what it's worth, while
there with a realtor to see inside the building. I measured the 3
corner tubes. They are about 2.75" outside diameter maybe a little
less. Who is the tube guy here who knows standard tube and tube wall
sizes? I am assuming they are "tubes" and not "pipes".
Take another drink and reread about the tower. This is not your average ham
or small Rohn tower. The legs are about 3 feet apart. It may be the 65 or
80 series and not the 25 series. They have 20 feet long sections.
Whatever was on it must have been some big wind load . A tower with 3 feet
legs and guyed.
It's not a TV tower. This is commercial duty. How wide are the sides
of yours? I took a quick peek at Rohns. I saw little towers. The
sides of theirs is an equilateral triangle are 12.5 inches. The tower
I'm talking about is an equilateral triangle *3 feet* on each side. I
could almost fit 9 of those little towers in the same footprint of mine.
Keyword: thinking. A friend of mine wanted to buy a corner lot for a
convenience store. Not a gas station, mind you, just a store. He was very
excited, the price was right, and the owner "motivated". He dug a little
deeper, and it seems there was a gas station there previously, but not for
about 25 years. So long that most of the locals didn't remember it, but
county records never forgets. The tanks were still underground. The owner
is responsible for HazMat and other environmental cleanup and remediation.
Long story short, had he not dug a little, and found out just what the law
was, he could have snagged the property for a good price, but then had to
spend millions on it to clean it up to an acceptable federal standard.
Investigate, because, to me, if this thing was able to be knocked/torn down
and sold for scrap, it would be gone. There's some reason it's still there.
And if you buy the property, you will assume all the liabilities that are
involved with the tower. Which may be none, or which may be expensive to
have it torn down according to industry standards. Unless, of course, some
vandals snuck in there in the night and torched one of the guy wires, the
wind was right, and gravity did its thing.
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Guyed towers *do not* fall over in one piece. Short of deliberate
sabotage, a guyed tower will fall within about 30% of it's height. The
tower manufacturer's engineers can provide certified documentation of
this for you to show anyone interested, such as your insurance company.
Since when have facts and statistics factored into an insurance
premium estimate, or public opinion?
All the morons will see is, "100' tower, anything within 100' is a
potential target." It doesn't matter how much paper you wave in front
I betcha if you advertised this tower for free on a ham radio site, there
are amateur radio operators who would drive 500 miles with their trailer,
tools, and friends to take it down. They would be looking at a five thousand
dollar tower for a week-end's work.
Right... Except you are dealing with a commercial structure here and
as the legal owner of it, the OP would not want anyone who isn't
licensed and properly trained to construct/dismantle such a tower on
If it is to be dismantled that would require a demolition permit and
a company with a small crane to properly dismantle it...
If you think there is liability in the tower potentially falling down
hitting nearby houses or from adventurous local kids trying to climb
it, the amount of liability you would be opening yourself up to in
allowing an unqualified and uninsured individual to do that sort of
work on your property even if their only compensation was being
able to keep the tower after they took it down is in a whole other
league... The BIG league... Even if the only person/people hurt
is/are the people dismantling the tower if there was some kind
of an accident...
Try around 300#-400# per section. Google "gin pole" to see how these and
much larger towers can and are assembled and disassembled without a
crane routinely. Many tower sites provide very poor access for large
cranes and it is far less expensive to assemble the towers without a
crane. Then you have the "real" 2,000' TV transmission towers that are
far too tall to be assembled by a crane.
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