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Old 11-01-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default How do they change the lights on Radio towers?

You know the lights way up on those radio towers? How do they change them if one burns out? Does someone get to climb all the way up there to change them? Or do they have some other way of changing them??
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #2
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the former.

there are ladders all the way up.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #3
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You know the lights way up on those radio towers? How do they change them if one burns out? Does someone get to climb all the way up there to change them? Or do they have some other way of changing them??
they climb. Oh how they climb.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #4
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They climb. Same thing with the antennae on top of skyscrapers and such... there's a great photo from a few years back helping change a bulb at the top of the spire on the Empire State Building... I'll have to find it.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #5
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the fairy ****ing godmother does it
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #6
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Climb up.

Sometimes helicopters are used, but more often it's too dangerous.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #7
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monkeys... with overalls and toolboxes.

you should see it, really quite cute.
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big ****ing ladder.

Wait, that's what the towers are.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:36 PM   #10
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Do they climp on those ladders?
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:37 PM   #11
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They climb. Same thing with the antennae on top of skyscrapers and such... there's a great photo from a few years back helping change a bulb at the top of the spire on the Empire State Building... I'll have to find it.
I know they do those... But some of the towers just seem like they couldn't support the weight of a person on them...

How do you get the job to be a climber?? I think that would be wicked fun!
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:38 PM   #12
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how many pollocks does it take to change a radio tower light bulb?
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:40 PM   #13
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I know they do those... But some of the towers just seem like they couldn't support the weight of a person on them...

How do you get the job to be a climber?? I think that would be wicked fun!
i dont knwo how it is where you live, but around here our towers are made out of this stuff called "metal"
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the tallest man in the world has the market cornered. he just reaches up and changed them.
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How many fratboys does it take to change a lightbulb?.....

10... 1 to change the bulb and 9 to make the shirts.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:55 PM   #17
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How many fatboys does it take to change a lightbulb?.....

10... 1 to change the bulb and 9 to make sammiches.
fixed.
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So no one really knows what that job would be? Like do you have to be an electrician? or what?
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lots of towers actually don't have ladders built in, with the exception of the very tip
most of the time the climber actually has to climb up the structure of the antenna.

i had a friend in middle school who's father actually did this for a living
he made pretty good money.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:59 PM   #21
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Depends on the tower. The monster towers (800-2000 feet) often have elevators. These elevators are just cages with enough room for one or two workers to stand while their tools are hung beneath. The base of these towers are made from 12" thick solid steel rods, and even though they look small from a distance, are often time 12 feet or more across at the base. The wires used to hold them up (guy wires) weight several tons. The weight of a man is NOTHING.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:00 PM   #22
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So no one really knows what that job would be? Like do you have to be an electrician? or what?
Tower maintenance specialist. People train a long time to be the guys to do this. They also have to be able to properly install the comms equipment along the tower as well.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:02 PM   #23
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the other thing that people don't usually realize is just how large those light bulbs are

the most common ones are the size of a basketball
but they get bigger
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:05 PM   #24
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i want to see pics of this happening.
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:11 PM   #25
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Tower maintenance specialist. People train a long time to be the guys to do this. They also have to be able to properly install the comms equipment along the tower as well.
This sounds like a sweet job. Where would one look into this?

Well did a quick google search.

http://www.siouxfallstower.com/ they have pictures in there as well. Starting pay is 40k, not bad pay for just a highschool education. Would of been cool to do for two years right when I got out of highschool. Oh well.
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