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[TowerTalk] Backstays

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Backstays
From: (Charles H. Harpole)
Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 11:19:27 -0400 (EDT)
Just do not use plastic covered wire---  water sipes up into the plastic
cover and stays there a long time.  Result permature rusting.  Run from
this stuff-- I saw this on my clothes line and almost ruined some clothes
from the rust at the ends, but rust ran several feet from any open point
in the plastic, also nicks will leak and exacaserbate the problem (donna
know how to spell...).  de K4VUD

On Tue, 6 May 1997, Fred Hopengarten wrote:

> In the massive storm of April 1, 1997, the third largest snowfall in the
> history of the Boston area, I lost backstays on three TH6/TH7's.  Two on
> one tower, and one on another.
> Examination shows that the backstay wire had rusted through. The plated
> u-bolts and saddles were also heading for the "rust to dust" stage of
> life.
> I am now contemplating a trip to Bliss Marine, to buy 1/8" stainless
> steel guy wire.  This marine supplier also has a $20 device which uses a
> socket wrench to tighten small nico-press style holders (for about 48
> cents each) to hold the backstays in place.  The big crimping tool is
> $120.
> On the other hand, K1LZ is recommending that I use wire rope in a plastic
> cover, with 54 cent plated u-bolts and saddles (small ones).
> I recall that W1RR, a smart person in my judgment, has used dacron rope
> for backstays, as well as Phillystran (on BIG booms).
> The project is:  backstays for a 24' boom TH67/TH7.  What would you
> recommend?
> Fred Hopengarten  K1VR                                           
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