How to Remove a Tower TV Antenna Safely

Written by christina sloane
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Old and broken TV antennas are often removed with cranes, but towers shorter than 30 feet may be safely taken down with a few simple tools. Manually lowering an antenna is easiest if the tower has a few trees or posts nearby, and if you have at least one other person to help you.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Heavy cable or rope
  • 2 come-alongs
  • Ladder
  • Wrench
  • Metal cutter
  • Wire cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate two solid posts or trees on the side of the tower opposite where you want it to fall. The supports should be separated by about as many feet as the tower is tall.

  2. 2

    Wrap heavy cable or rope around the axle of your come-along (a hand-crank used to tighten and loosen cable). The length of cable in each come-along should equal the height of the tower.

  3. 3

    Hook a come-along to each of the two supports.

  4. 4

    Climb your ladder to get to the top of the tower and tie the other ends of the ropes or cables to the top of the tower with clove hitch knots.

  5. 5

    Locate another support a few feet away from the tower on the side where you want it to fall. Tie the tower's legs to the stake with heavy rope or cable, using clove hitch knots.

  6. 6

    Use a wrench to loosen the bolts on the legs from the base. If there are no bolts, use a metal cutter to cut the legs off.

  7. 7

    Cut the two guy wires (the wires that come down from the top of the antenna, not the cables you tied up there) on the side opposite from the side where you want the tower to fall. Leave the guy wire on the falling side intact.

  8. 8

    With a helper, crank the come-alongs to loosen both ropes or cables at the same time. The tower will slowly fall down, away from you.

  9. 9

    Cut the cables and remaining guy wire to free the tower.

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