Apparently, tower building is a Dirty Job, according to Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.” I happen to love the show, and I love towers, so what’s not to love about this?
The February 7th show has Mike joining the Great Plains Towers crew as they build a new stick. No doubt this will be an interesting segment.
Here’s a question for you: Why are the tower bolts inserted upwards through the holes, with the nuts and washers on the top? There is a VERY good reason for this, and you are taught the reason on the very first tower you assemble, or come to inspect.
Here’s another question from the clip, above: Why did Kevin Reski, the owner of Great Plains Towers attach one of his safety belt hooks to a tower segment that had not yet secured by any bolts? I really doubt there’s a very good reason for this.
PS: The tallest stick I’ve built was 251 feet AGL back in 1982. It was for Storer Cable in Mission Viejo, California. That was tall enough for me, thank you very much.
PPS: Mike is well known for Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and the Deadest Catch, and for the hysterical YouTube clips of Mike on QVC in the early 90’s (don’t drink while watching these unless you want to mop the floor after). His personal web site is a fun pun: http://www.mikeroweworks.com.