Originally Posted by Gypsea Soul
Good call Didn't think about that. Does Ss and aluminum not marry well. I'll watch them over the years. Thanks
There's a fine line between 'believing in yourself' and 'reckless disregard for safety'. Do you tell your visitors that the stick in the air is a rather poorly researched hack job?
I don't mean to be unkind, but to be frank, you asked folks for advice before starting and they clued you in that masts are complex bits of engineering, a lot of thought goes into their design, and you shouldnt slap an ibeam in because it looks right without doing any actual MATH to understand if it will stay in column.
You didn't like that response, so you ignored it. Ok. Maybe that thing will stay up. You sound like a pretty handy guy with good horse sense. But if that thing comes down and kills someone, it'll be your fault!!!
I'd have someone who actually understands mast design verify that I wasnt an accident
waiting to happen. Buckling failure is a complex, non-intuitive phenomenon.
And you might reconsider how you assembled your witches brew of materials once you research
DIY is great, love the people who take on projects like this. Not when they do it without a modicum of preparation and research
Sorry to be a nag, but after your overtly boastful tone earlier in this thread I'd hate to see karma come knocking at the worst possible time. Get the design verified and maybe next time its down (hopefully at a yard
) try to isolate your incompatible metals to some degree.
And ill reiterate what other folks said, a used mast would have been stronger, easier, and cheaper....