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Posted By: Walter F. Mathers on: 06/02/2002 07:06:42 CDT
Subject: RE: Signal tower

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Constructing signal towers can be an art in itself. SCARD's photo gallery web page depicts a three poster which rises about ten or twelve feet from the ground to the platform on which Flagman Thomas Hines and Robert Denton await incoming signals. The station was erected using larger trees obtained from a nearby property and hauled to the site by flatbed trailer.

A twenty-five foot four poster tower and another of about fourteen feet were constructed by two local Boy Scout troops in anticipation of the 125th. Battle Anniversary of Sharpsburg (Antietam) from trees found on-site.

Both towers use knots and lashings to secure the various limbs at the intersections. The ladder work was similarly constructed.

Long-time signal re-enactor Robert Stecker later devised an excellent portable four poster made from dressed lumber and so fitted as to be erected with nuts, bolts, washers and slip tubes with through locking keys. The entire structure was designed to fit in the back of a small baggage waggon (pick-up truck) with room to spare for other equipage. Unfortunately, it was abandoned during a retreat from the 125th. Spottsylavania Campaign and never seen again.

All three of the structures above were able to safely support the weight of four adults. Such considerations should aways be calulated in to the construction plans whenever undertaking such activities. One tower collapse (such as the one erected for a different purpose at a Texas University) could end such ventures at many events.

Much Success on your Tower'g Project
Walt
3.3.3.

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