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I'm thinking about buying a 70' self supporting tower that I can see had a little rust here and there. Besides minor rust is there anything I should ask the seller before I buy?

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  • $\begingroup$ What is the make and model number? $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Aug 31 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ All I know is it is a Titan 72' $\endgroup$ – Scott Durrett Aug 31 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ This appears to be their website. $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Aug 31 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ I've never done something like that, but seeing that it is basically a building, and there's engineers that appraise/assess the state of buildings for selling/compensation reasons, I'd ask one to write an expert report. Asking might mean paying him money. $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Sep 2 at 14:44
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You should first ask the manufacturer. They should be able to provide the all-important safety, erection, and guying information.

Study the manual and relevant info first, which probably is available on the manufacturer's website.

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I'd be more inclined to ask a local (metal) engineering workshop. I have one near me (Surrey UK) that do a large amount of work for a nearby amusement park. They would be well used to assessing the state of the steel-work underneath the galvanising (I guess it is galvanised). If you pay for their advise you should then have some come-back if things go wrong. I would also take into account where I was going to site it, in particular where and on what it would fall should the worst happen. Also - it is described as self-supporting - does this classification apply to all geographical areas? I am thinking here of wind-loading? A point relevenat for when you put aerials up there. Oh, and don't forget the base/foundation; the size of which is dependent on the last factor together with the type of soil in your area.

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