posted on Jan, 5 2015 @ 08:24 AM
For 12 years, I worked in the construction of cellular towers. One time, I was asked to climb a 1,500 ft tower. The antenna at the top was hit by
lighting and was no longer working. My job was to take pictures of the bolt pattern that attached the antenna to the tower and to take measurements.
It was a beautiful view.
It definitely takes a special kind of nerve to do this kind of work. I got over my fear of heights in the military. I went through a lot of rock
climbing and repelling training. SPIE rigging is one of many things I did. Here is SPIE rigging video.
Weather definitely plays a big role when building towers, and I was constantly playing the weather guessing game. I could watch a storm out in the
horizon and tell you if it was going to pass by or should we get off of the tower. You don't want to be climbing around on wet steel, it gets very
slick. One time the wind was blowing around 30 mph and this "project manager" just had to have these cellular antennas put on the tower, and even
after I told him it was to dangerous, he insisted we give it a try. Half way up a 300 ft tower, the antenna was flying around like a wild kite out of
conltol, banging around on the tower. By the time we got it to the ground it was heavily damaged. I laughed and laughed. I have a lot of stories like
Like one poster already mentioned, always take more than one light bulb, and don't climb 300 ft before you realize you dont have your screwdriver.
I can probably answer a lot of questions, feel free to ask.
edit on 5-1-2015 by Pladuim because: (no reason given)