Ayecarumba
Ayecarumba
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September 29th, 2011 at 12:04:48 PM permalink
Engineers are checking the Washington Monument for damage following the 5.8 earthquake. They have to crawl around the outside of the 500+ ft tall structure attached to harnesses. My question is, how did the harnesses get secured to the top? Does the top of the monument have a hatch like a submarine or toothpaste tube?

Read an article in the Washington Post here.

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tsmith
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September 29th, 2011 at 12:44:22 PM permalink
What an almost surreal photo that is.

If I hadn't read what you wrote (and if you ignore the railing and bucket in the background), I would've said it was a giant alien getting ready to lift and carry off one of the pyramids they are alleged to have helped the Ancient Egyptians build.
pacomartin
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September 29th, 2011 at 1:52:14 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

Does the top of the monument have a hatch like a submarine or toothpaste tube?



There is a hatch only a few feet from the top, but it's not like a submarine or a toothpaste tube. The tip does not open at a right angle. The hatch was last opened 11 years ago, as there is seldom reason to go out that high.

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