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[TowerTalk] Could not believe my eyes <--Part II

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Could not believe my eyes <--Part II
From: (stan)
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:09:48 -0400
Next time consider spraying graphite onto the WD-40 soaked threads
and working them in.

WD-40 will evaporate quickly leaving behind the solid graphite in the
mating threaded surfaces

Stan WA1ECF   Cape Cod, MA   FN41sr

Richard L. King wrote:

> At 08:32 AM 6/19/98 -0500, you wrote:
> <stuff deleted>
> >  The turnbuckes are
> >Rohn galvanized turnbuckles I latched onto from a Rohn 55 tower
> >installation.  They are extremely hard to turn with my hands...and I
> usually
> >use a open end wrench (I hate crescent wrenches...knuckle busters) to
> turn
> >the turnbuckles.  I could never see then turn and I watched them from
> >months.  They never moved.
> I recently had an interesting observation on re-using Rohn
> turnbuckles.
> When I starting putting up new guywires here in Texas, I wanted to
> re-use
> the turnbuckles that I had taken down from the station in New York. I
> found
> that many of the turnbuckles were very hard to turn. If fact, after
> turning
> some of  them a little ways they would freeze up. I was afraid that
> forcing
> them beyond that point might damage the turnbuckle.
> So I got out the WD-40 and started spraying and turning the turnbuckle
> back
> and forth. After a while I was able to work out the binds to the point
> where the turnbuckles turned free over its entire length like a new
> one
> should.
> I don't know if there was dirt in the threads or some kind of galling
> occuring but the WD-40 and a little patience got them all back in
> shape. I
> guess my point is that a turnbuckle that is hard to turn doesn't
> necessarily have to be that way and safety cables should be ALWAYS
> installed.
> 73, Richard
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