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Question DetailsAsked on 11/22/2015

I want to know if there was a company that would remove a tower antenna that broke and is leaning against power lin

The tower antenna broke at the base and is leaning against the power line to my house

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No one will touch it if it's against a power line besides the operator of the line (electrical company). Call them and they will come out and either remove the antenna or will cut it off at a point below the line, then you can have someone else (or yourself) remove the rest.

Answered 4 years ago by DriverNerd


As other comment said - only the power company should try this - and call their emergency number to have it done immediately. They should send out a line crew to take care of it within an hour or less, unless they happen to be tied up on multiple weather-related calls. There is a chance they will charge you for it, but most will not especially since not directly your "fault" - a broken tower base they would usually not blame you for unless it is a real rube goldberg setup.

And do not TOUCH in any way any device connected to the antenna - TV, VCR/DVD player, stereo, antenna tuner, ham radio/children's band set if a Ham/CB antenna, etc - because it is possible they are energized at high voltage by the power line too, or could become so from the antenna rubbing the power line.

Since you say the power line to your house, and because you said nothing about fireworks, I would presume this is an exposed insulated drop to your weatherhead, but could become energized if it rubs through the insulation OR the electric line breaks, so definitely call the power utility ASAP.

BE SURE to ask them if the tower was energized by contacting the wire (they can easily test it before removing it) - if so, you need to carefully (or they might do it for you) inspect each device connected to the antenna cables for any sign of arcing, smell of burning, failure to power up right, eatc. In testing them, I would recommend (after tower is off the line) unplugging them all, then one by one testing for hour use or so while plugged into a GFCI or at least circuit breaker equipped plug strip rather than just an outlet - that way if they zap out the plug strip will hopefully shut off rather than risk zapping an outlet or entire circuit too. DO NOT just plug back in and trust they are good without a test period - I have heard of devices smoking and catching fire many minutes after being plugged in after being exposed to 240 volts.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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