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    Definitely NOT for me!!!!!

    I get vertigo just watching. This sure isn't for me. I wonder:
    • How much sway?
    • How do they manage during a lightning strike?
    • Can they actually be grounded well enough - that's a lot of juice?
    • How cold in the winter time?
    • How icy does it get?
    • Why can't they use a helicopter & suspend the guy?
    • Do they get paid enough?
    • What kind of insurance can they get?


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    In my much younger days, when first in cable television technical positions, I did some work on microwave systems. Our towers were triangular, guyed and large enough to climb inside. There was no safety system other than our climbing belts. After the first couple of times going up, I started enjoying the view from above. The tallest tower I had to work was 325', which was plenty for me! Ain't no way I was ever gonna do what the guy in the video does!!! I get the creepies and puckers just watching the video!!!!!
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    Noooooooooo! My knees turned to water just watching it!
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    They could NEVER print enough money to get me to do that job
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    I can't watch it.
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    talked with a guy this summer that used to do that,, he told me that back quite few years say 25yr that those guys didnt get any more than a auto worker gets.. and that like they said here in the video that free climbing was normal. he also told me that the tops of those towers sway at least 15ft back and forth with guys attached, have to to stay up there.. he was interesting to listen to he had been retired from it for 15 yrs.. life span on those arent real long health issues keep them from going up, kinda like flying airplanes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Hans View Post
    They could NEVER print enough money to get me to do that job
    Same here. Not enough ink and paper in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Hans View Post
    They could NEVER print enough money to get me to do that job
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Same here. Not enough ink and paper in the world.
    When we were rock climbers, it never crossed our minds to get paid for it. And I can tell you, there never was any ladders.
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    There used to be a show on The Science Channel called "World's Toughest Fixes". It's off the air now, but they do show it now and then. There are also 23 episodes on Netflix. There is one called "2,000 foot tower". (it is on Netflix) This crew has to go to the top of the tower and replace the antenna! They have to erect a "gin pole" on the top and then jump it up to ABOVE the top and use that to remove and replace the antenna. It is truly amazing, but also difficult for me to watch because me and anything above a 6' step ladder is too much!
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    Back in my navy days, we had two whip antennas on the stack of the ship and another two up on the mast... periodically, especially when coming into port, we had to climb the mast and drop them to the deck for cleaning... I was young and fearless in those days, I wouldn't even want to stand at the base of that tower and look up.... just watching the video made me dizzy.
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