I avoid a grease if possible. The grease is wet and even though it will
all (abrasive)dust and other dirt will cling to it and may bind the
threads if not
cleaned and refreshed frequently.
I would prefer a DRY lubricant like graphite either applied dry or
onto WD-40 soaked threads...
Stan, WA1ECF Cape Cod, MA FN41sr
Bill Hider, N3RR wrote:
> It's always a good idea to use grease on turnbuckles and run it
> through its
> length before you install them, even if the turnbuckles are new.
> WD-40 will help
> in the near term, but grease will last for years and ease the
> adjustment you may
> have to make when you make that quarterly inspection of the guys.
> Bill, N3RR
> 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
> > >months. They never moved.
> > I recently had an interesting observation on re-using Rohn
> > When I starting putting up new guywires here in Texas, I wanted to
> > 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
> > some of them a little ways they would freeze up. I was afraid that
> > 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
> > where the turnbuckles turned free over its entire length like a new
> > should.
> > I don't know if there was dirt in the threads or some kind of
> > 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
> > 73, Richard
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