> YES, hardware stores can have SAE grade 5 bolts but NO they are not
>the fine thread variety that Rohn (that's R-o-h-n) specifies. I haven't been
>able to find them off-the-shelf even in nut and bolt stores here is
>Washington State. And watch out, since many hardware store varieties are
>cadmium plated or some other "non-suitable" for outdoor use finish.
The bolts that were in the leg of the Rhon 25g tower section
that I got from Texas towers last month had what looked like
SAE 5 platted bolts in it. I was able to buy bolts at
my local hardware store that were the NF (fine thread) that
looked just like the bolts that I unpacked from the
25g tower leg. The bolts were not the galvanized
bolts that I had seen in 25g/45g tower (new) that I have
installed before. This was used on a short tower and
I plan on checking the bolts as it ages.
George Fremin III
Austin, Texas C.K.U. "You don't need an antenna that big to work 40 meters."
WB5VZL -Local ham upon seeing the N5AU 40m yagi-