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Taking down a Windmill
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Pigster    Posted 05-19-2003 at 09:28:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wife says the old windmill in the back is getting almost as ugly as me and has to go. It's already had all the good stuff on top removed so we're talking a basic steel tower.

Looks to me to be two 20' sections high, bolted together with usual cross bracing and some type of "fitting" at the very top. Of course everything is very well rusted.

So what's the best approach? Do I try to take the top off as a section or do I start breaking bolts and take a piece at a time? I have considered cuttin off the bottom and letting it drop but I'm kinda thinking deer stand and would like to save as much as possible.

So has anybody out there done this? Could you tell me what to do or not to do? I am old enuf to not be real keen on heights anymore(my daddy always told me I'd be smart someday if I didn't kill myself being stupid first)

Thanks in advance(in case the hospital don't have internet access) for your wisdom!!

Lazy Al    Posted 05-19-2003 at 18:00:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Put an add in the paper . People are always eyeing mine . When I put mine up I hired and
sign guy come with a boom on his truck and for
$60.oo he set it and put the mill on .

DeadCarp    Posted 05-19-2003 at 10:40:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We took down a firetower years back. If you don't mind bent steel, you can pull it down. (Chances are it's galvanized so ya wouldn't want to weld it anyway) The guys musta known what they were doing cuz it toppled just right. What they did was bolt the equipment up on a dead calm day, torch cut halfway thru the 2 near legs & let the tractor/cable fold them out. Boy the screeching and flying bolts when that thing started bending & coming down! Once the dust settled, they started cutting loose the (top, now) short end first. By the time they cut down the last 2 leaning "f"s it took all day and weighed many tons. Kinda hazardous work. :)

be careful with this idea-    Posted 05-19-2003 at 10:11:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
but, if you decide to drop it cut off 2 corners opposite of the direction of the fall. tug good on the thing in the opposite direction. make sure you got a heavy tractor and some good cable. use 3X more cable than the tower is tall if you can. if the tower is 40' tall and you only got 100' of cable, well o.k. then. like I said though, be careful.

markct    Posted 05-19-2003 at 09:34:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
pigster where are ya located, if your anywhere near connecticut i might be interested in buying that windmill from ya and taking it away

Pigster    Posted 05-19-2003 at 14:05:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Southeast wisconsin

markct    Posted 05-19-2003 at 18:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
dang it, thats a bit farther than any of my old clunker trucks would make it, o well

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