Thursday, July 8, 2010

3 People, 1 Dog and one very tall task

June 13, 2010

Today is the day. The 21 foot tall posts will become vertical. Howard has a crew consisting of 2 small unburly women and a dog. What are the odds of actually making this happen today? At least the weather is good, but the mosquitoes are awful.

After a morning of careful measuring, attachment and crimping of cables....

One of the poles finally went up. Howard pushed up on one end of the top cross beam while Laura and I pulled on a line attached to the other end of the top cross beam. It was kind of scary for a few moments as the heavy beam teetered back and forth as it reached the near vertical position.

Once the pivoting piece was bolted in place I could relax and take a couple of pictures while Howard secured the lines holding the pole in place.

One final task was to climb to the top of the post and adjust the cables and release the hoisting beam tied to the end of the cross beam. Luckily there wasn't any wind as I really don't think that my holding the cable was doing any good at this point.

It was getting late in the afternoon, we were tired and we had a 3.5 hour drive ahead of us. The remaining 2 poles are going to have to wait until our next visit. Time to pack things up.

Good bye hops meadow. See you in two weeks.....

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