Could you do this job..


Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:03 am

No, I like living too much.
I'm On Fire
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:11 am

As long as I have a job I don't plan on finding out.
gaw
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:39 am

I have a certified fear of heights, so this job is out for me.
lsayre
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: cokehead On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:35 am

I'm On Fire wrote:No, I like living too much.


That is LIVING! I have topped 40 or 50 foot trees with a hand saw, then logged it coming down with the chain saw using boot spikes and a harness. That was enough of a thrill for me. (Yes I was scared. Fear makes you focus.) I think the type of climbing in the video you build yourself up for both physically and mentally. The crazyist thing I did was repel from the maintenance catwalk under a bridge to the ground. Going over the edge is the awkward part. I have repelled Aussie style off a 90 foot cliff. Do it over and over the thrill diminishes. I always wanted to skydive but every time I brought it up my wife flipped out. I guess she doesn't want to be a widow.
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:09 am

Somehow I don't think 'compensation' is a big deal with theses guys (or gals) Sucks on a lightning day...... Hey Cokehead, when the wife says "Enjoy your day skydiving, honey', I'm thinking you may need to think about why she wants you to become Evil Knievel's clone. :idea:

I met a young man from Jackman, Maine a few years ago, who was fearless in the forest products arena, and a Cell Tower Company from Chicago came to recruit HIM. Right out of high school.....85K; handful of credit cards; took him to the local truck dealer and said: pick out what you want and meet us in Minnesota in 7 days if you want the job. Yes, he's still at it; works all over the country, and doesn't EVER say "Huh, r u for real?". His 401K would make all of us happy today! :idea:
BTW, helicopters are now a big part of this work......short ride to the top......more tools onboard, too.
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:25 am

Thats the way I would get off of this tower.... Just jump with a parachute :up:
009to090
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:40 am

Pack a lunch AND dinner!
Richard S.
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:04 pm

When I got back from the Nam, I got a job with "Skyhook Inc" out of Birch River, Manitoba, Canada--we were all Native Americans, & worked on any towers that needed any kind of maintenance, painting, scraping or changing light-bulbs--some of you Pa guys might be familiar with the WFIL ??? towers in Roxbury--boro??? anyway, they were one of our contracts, along with many others all up & down the east coast--remember, this was back in the late 60's--hey WN, what 401K??? $30.00 an hour back then was like dieing & going to heaven--yep, no bennies. Single waist type safety belt. We would strap any tools we needed to us & you damn sure didn't want to drop anything. We would climb up the corner which had extended stove bolts in it. It would take, probably 30-45 minutes to get to the top of a 175--200 foot tower--HEAD in the HOLE-- It has come a long way since. We lost 3 guys in the 2 yrs I stayed doing it-- I Think it took me that long to totally sober up :shots: :beer: :clap: toothy
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:24 pm

I've a fear of heights and that made me slightly ill. Every year I try overcome my fears by cliff jumping in Jamaica...but no avail, It doesn't really help, I push myself to do it but it never gets any easier.

My late father-law was a steel worker his entire life, worked on some pretty tall buildings (like Fred) a single rope tied around the waist was all he used. Saw a few fall to their deaths in his time, one or two off the GoldStar Bridge in NewLondon Ct. when he was site foreman on that project.
Ed.A
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:25 pm

There is fine line here of being aware of your surroundings and not thinking about it. You don't want to lose focus you're high but you don't want to lose your focus because you're so high either. If you stick a 2*4 flat on the ground you could probably walk back and forth thousands of times.......... now try it 30 feet in the air. Even on the coal truck you were high and I'd be walking around like nothing on top of the coal..... every so often it would dawn on me I'm 20 or 25 feet off the ground and it's a long way down. I was better off oblivious to how high it was.
Richard S.
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:13 pm

Well put Richard. The old Natives used to tell us to keep looking where you're going, not where ya been ;) except on the way down. :clap: toothy
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:05 pm

Richard S. wrote:Pack a lunch AND dinner!


Ta hell with that...pack a parachute!
Freddy
 
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:12 pm

No wonder they call Freetown Fred "Balls" out in Cortland! It's amazing you could sneak up those tiny passageways with such a large 'support package' for Lil' Fred! You are 'THE MAN!!!!' ...the things we do for money...or just the thrill of it.....or because we are toooooo stupid to know better. Parachute? Hell, jump off and 'glide' down. If you are ever up on Mt Washington when the hang glider folks are there, you will get a small sense of what 'NUTS" is all about. They stand on a dinky piece of plywood on the edge of a cliff....and glide off the sheer face to the landing zone 10 miles away. If the air currents aren't nice to you......well, most of you know it isn't beach sand you land on!

At the towers, you could jump.......evaluate the glide ratio of a human being (quickly) and determine you and a rock were equivalent just before the impact...oops. :!: :idea:
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Re: Could you do this job..

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:33 pm

whistlenut wrote:At the towers, you could jump.......evaluate the glide ratio of a human being (quickly) and determine you and a rock were equivalent just before the impact...oops. :!: :idea:


You need a wingsuit.

Richard S.
 
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