Lee Buller wrote:
> I am more worried about the connections than anything else. It seems to me
> it is hard to get a good solid connection on the galvanized tower leg.
> Using SS hoseclamps seems to be a bit cheesy for me. Once a lighting bolt
> hits, that clamp is going to be toast. I don't want to cad-weld onto the
> leg of my 25G either. Also, the connection onto the ground rod is another
> area where I am not comfortable with. I have taken to braizing the
> connection on. Copper to copper with some silver solder. Again, a direct
> bolt is going to melt that down pretty quickly. I also clamp the thing with
> a copper clamp. The wire is #8 gauge, but I think that I am going to get
> some wide copper roof flashing to make the connections.
> In practical terms...connecting the leg of a galvanized tower to copper that
> is sturdy, rigit and won't melt keeps me up at night during a thunderstorm.
> Never been hit, but there is the first time.
> So... comments?
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Please put a galvanic buffer metal between that copper and your
galvanized tower. A connector made of brass is probably the most
available. The copper on galvanize will leach away the zinc and ruin the
protection on your tower. Use utility grade connectors.
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