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Subject: [TowerTalk] tensioning guys
From: (Tom Wagner)
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 15:53:36 -0400

is the web address of the manufacturer of the tension
gauge.  At one time (maybe still) they would sell direct.

Tom - N1MM

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>On my surplus portable mast, I replaced the 1/8" cable with bigger stuff,
>as I put a KT34XA on it as a somewhat "permanent" installation.  I then
>the Loos to tension it.  The military method does work fine on that mast,
>remember that the masts are for "temporary" use (although they don't define
>"temporary" and when I was in the service, I saw many that had been up for
>extended periods).  Made me feel a lot better (my paranoia showing again,
>73, Mike K3AIR
>In a message dated 99-08-21 12:39:50 EDT, you write:
> But what about measuring tension on types of cable for which the Loos is
> designed? My new AB-577/GRC military surplus portable mast has three sets
> 1/8" stainless steel guys. The installation instructions simply say to
> sure the mast is vertical and the guys are taut". I ended up tensioning
> guys so that there was no visible slack, there was some (but not a lot) of
> "tightness", and the mast didn't move when a guy was grabbed and shaken
> vigorously. The guy tension adjusters (called "snubbers") have a sort of
> self-limiting feature -- they're designed to be tensioned by hand and
> there's only so far you can turn them.
> The mast looks quite sturdy in a 35MPH wind, and I'm sure the guys are not
> so tight as to risk their breakage or compression damage to the mast. I
> tried to make the tension as equal as possible, but it's hard to know.
> anyone know of any measureing devices or "rules of thumb I can use to set
> mind at ease about this.
> 73, Dick WC1M
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