Jul 27, 2015 - 05:05 AM
In a typical cell site compound there is an access road, a fenced in compound, typically fabric and stone inside the compound,on the ground, and one or more cell shelters with generators.
If you can imagine what could go wrong, it does. The access road gets blocked by fallen trees or erodes into large ruts making it difficult to drive over. The locks on the gate rust, the site signage frequently goes “missing”. Sometimes vandals or curious outsiders damage the fence or gate to gain access to the site. Vegetation in the compound runs rampant if not controlled, unchecked vegetation can do damage to the concrete tower foundation and to the concrete pads that the ground equipment sits on. Tower contractors themselves do a fair amount of damage being onsite to complete a job. Sometimes, to move a winch or rigging into place it involves removing several sections of fencing, while that serves the rigging purpose, tower workers are not typically fencing guys and don’t re-install the fence very well. Also the barbed wire on top of the fence is harmful to rigging ropes. It is common in the industry to cover the barbed wire with cardboard or wood or even tie the barbed wire down to the fence to keep it from snagging the rigging ropes, which is damaging to the fence. Oh and the wasps and other critters that make their homes in the compound, everything from mice, snakes, ground hogs and wasps, lots of wasps. All of these little items add up to costly and time consuming tower site maintenance.