reassembly began soon after the tower was relocated to RRM. An
inspection of the wood frame showed that the tower had suffered no
termite damage and very little rot, which is surprising for a
building this old. Overall, probably 20% or less of the wood
will have to be replaced, which is very good news.
The existing stair structure was in poor condition, and plans have
been submitted to the city for the new stairway. To minimize
water damage and stress to the Tower 17 structure itself, the new
stairs will be entirely self supporting. They will resemble
the stairs that were attached to the tower when it was retired, but
the new set will be a bit wider and the slope more gentle.
The acrobat in the orange shirt is Russell "Monkey Boy"
Straw. It was discovered that a window on the 2nd floor was
open, and we had no ladder tall enough to reach it. (The
moving company wisely take their ladders with them when they leave
the site.) Before anyone new what was going on, Russell Straw
appeared in the second story window and waved just before closing
it. He then demonstrated his athletic prowess and climbed down
the structure, while Jim Vollmar watched on in complete
amazement. Guess we know who to call next time we don't have a
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