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  • santa
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    Since I assume that the tower is constructed of galvanized metal and I have had a lot of experience with burning and welding around "hot dip galvanize" metal, here is my two cents worth. First, if you have no experience with a cutting torch, you will damage tips with rust popping back and you will also be dealing with zinc oxide fumes. Though I have been told by experts that zinc oxide is actually safe when in a well ventilated area, (one of the white creams you see people put on their noses at the beach to prevent burning is zinc oxide), I personally have experienced what most welders call metal fume fever from it. Next the transporting of heavy bottles of acetylene and oxygen may pose a problem. It would be easier to use a battery powered 4.5 inch angle grinder and both cut-off wheels and grinding wheels to remove the rusty bolts. Splitting of the nuts with the grinder would be my prefered method, but it can be done with a simple chisel and hammer. There are even commercial built nut splitters.

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  • FirstBubba
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    Lay it down and attack the frozen bolts with an angle grinder. Number the pieces as you disassemble so they can be reassembled in the correct order.

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  • jay
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    Torch would be easiest, you could probably do ok with a 4 inch grinder (even a cordless). A heavy mallet and chisel, although labor intensive, would work to. Just cut the nut in on one side and you should be able to pop it off.

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  • DakotaMan
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    A torch.

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  • bayouwoof
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    www.fieldandstream.com/photos/trophyroom/recent/single?pnid=1001492695#1001492695

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  • bayouwoof
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    Of course, Ah kin substantiate mah claim of being knowledgeable regarding metalworking with this photo of mah Jeep project with The Gypsy (rest her soul) drivin.

    //www.fieldandstream.com/photos/trophyroom/recent/single?pnid=1001492695#1001492695

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  • bayouwoof
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    Taking inventory of my own tools, I would select the oxygen-acetylene cutting rig. It would cost practically $0 for a job that small, and would take less than 10 minutes max.

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  • Treestand
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    You would need a cutting torch. I know you can't beat FREE but a 14'Try pod stand is $150.00.
    Check out www.sportsmansguide.com

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  • Pray- hunt-work
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    Torches. Sawzall and 50 metal blades. Grinder and 10 cutting wheels and a generator.

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  • RJ Arena
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    Hot knife.

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  • A landowner said I could have his metal windmill. It was broken and the top of it lays on the ground, disconnected. The part tha

    A landowner said I could have his metal windmill. It was broken and the top of it lays on the ground, disconnected. The part that I want is still bolted into cement. This segment is approximately 14 ft high, so it would be a perfect tower stand. How could you cut it, since the bolts have rusted over.

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