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[TowerTalk] replacing guy wires

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Subject: [TowerTalk] replacing guy wires
From: (Pete Smith)
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 14:57:26 -0500
As I collect the bits and pieces to build my C-3 stack next summer, I'm
confronting the need to replace my top set of guys with non-conducting
material, probably fiberglass rod.  Material's no problem, buit the
mechanics of the replacement are.  

Tentatively, what I'm planning is to move the current top guys down to the
middle guy station, but I'm quite uneasy about being up on top (97 ft) with
no guys above the 63-foot level, particularly since there are a C-3 and a
2-el short forty up there.

One approach might be to use a temporary rope guy, replacing one guy at a
time while the rope takes the strain, but I'm unsure how to get 400 lbs of
tension on a temporary rope guy.  

Another way I'd thought of was to get an extra guy bracket, place it above
the current top bracket, and attach the three new guys to it.  I would then
come down the tower, detension all the old top guys, and substitute the new
ones in the top position on the equalizer plate.

What's the best practical way to manage the substitution?  

73,  Pete N4ZR

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