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[TowerTalk] rivets, rivets

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Subject: [TowerTalk] rivets, rivets
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Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 11:28:53 -0500 (EST)
In a message dated 97-11-15 10:47:19 EST, writes:

> Before any antenna
>  goes up in the air, we drill out every joint and rivet them, a la Force
>  This is in addition to all the hose clamps, compression straps (and the
>  have many), etc.  Why go through "all that trouble?"
>  My feeling is that it is MUCH more work to first pull the antennas down
>  after they are up. The rivets provide two distinct benefits. Firstly, they
>  strengthen all the joints (I have never had a KLM "vibrate apart," not
>  my 4L 40, as so many folks are wont to claim), and secondly, when I must
>  take one apart for some reason, I NEVER have to worry about replicating
>  exact dimensions again. The rivet holes do that for me.
>  The small amount of additional preparation while on the ground saves us
>  many, many more times the work if it doesn't hold up while on the tower.
     Here's another way to do it. Since the rivets take a 2-step process
(drilling the hole and then installing the rivet) and takes a special tool
(the pop riveter), here's a one-step way to do it that I have used for years
- I use Tek screws to do the same job. They are chisel-point self-tapping
screws that you can get at most hardware stores. All you need are short ones
with a Phillips head on them and an electric drill with a Phillips drive.
They provide a nifty mechanical AND electrical bond. 

      I'm ignoring all discussions of how a hole weakens the aluminum element
by introducing a stress riser. If you put them on the BOTTOM of the element,
you minimize the potential problems of drilling a hole in the element. 

73,  Steve  K7LXC

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