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We bought a 1953 duplex and back in the day, those ugly huge antennas were “in”…. however, they are UGLY and we want to take them down. Whats the safest way to go about this and what materials/how many people do we need?! they are anchored with what looks like steel cable to the roof…. how heavy are these things?
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5 Thoughts on How do we remove the old large antennas on top of the house?!?
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    Dusk
    August 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    just crawl up there and knock the h*ll out of them.

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    Jeremy
    August 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    One person could remove it by him/her self very easily.

    you will probably need a set of wrenches and a set of dikes (wire cutters) and take a screw driver too

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    hoodoo
    August 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    You’ll need a jumprope, 2 bricks, and a hell of an arm

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    Volusian
    August 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    It will take two people. They are not usually real heavy but are cumbersome. I would suggest you leave the anchors in the roof as you could open another can of worms: a leaky roof. If you do remove any bolts in your roof securing the stand, guy wire holds, etc, they will have to be patched well with roofing tar/ sealer.

    First, loosen or remove the anchor bolts near the base OR use a hacksaw to cut just above the anchor bolts. Make sure the antenna is somewhat loose and can be removed at this point. If not, make sure you loosen or cut any other connections that need to be addressed.

    Second, once the antenna can be removed, have someone hold the antennae. Cut the guy wires with a wire cutter (or hacksaw) while someone else holds the antenna pole.

    You may also need a wrench, a hacksaw, screwdrivers (flat head and phillips head) and possibly some Liquid Wrench to loosen rusted / ‘frozen’ connections.

    You may not want to remove the antennae entirely. As many antennas were (wisely) grounded, the antenna served a duel purpose as a lightning rod as well. If you see a wire, usually aluminum, going from the antenna that runs and connects to a metal stake in the ground next to the building, you have grounded antennae. In this case, you may just want top leave a stub of an antenna, perhaps 24” or so, on the roof and the ground wire in place. You will no longer have an antenna, but you will have a ‘homemade’ lightning rod that will protect your home from lightning fires.

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    Jim W
    August 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

    2 people, a ladder, hacksaw, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench (crescent wrench), WD40, safety rope and a another piece of rope about 50′ long to lower the antenna to the ground. Take it down in pieces from the top and then the base mast. They are usually aluminum antenna and the mast may be steel or aluminum. Total time about 1 hour. I put many of those up on roofs.

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