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[TowerTalk] LOOS gauge ramblings

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Subject: [TowerTalk] LOOS gauge ramblings
From: (Stan or Patricia Griffiths)
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 19:38:58 -0800
So hang it from a BIG tree limb . . .


George T. Daughters wrote:

> On 14 Mar 01, at 0:36, Stan or Patricia Griffiths wrote:
> > You know, there is a fairly easy way to test all of this and find out
> > the real answers.  Remember how you could see if your Loos Tension
> > device was reading correctly, right in your garage?  You hang a piece
> > of guy wire vertically from the rafters.  You then load it with a
> > known amount of weight like a five gallon bucket of pieces of steel
> > you have weighed on another scale.  You then test the tension in this
> < snip >
> This is, in theory, a good way to get a known tension!  But!!...
> If your house and garage are built like mine are, the last sentence
> should read  "You then buy a bunch of lumber and rebuild your
> garage."  I tried to lift a small block chevy V-8 off the floor this
> way.  Thank goodness I had the forethought to try to lift it verrrry
> slowly.  The rafter flexed downward as I hauled on the block &
> tackle.  The 500 pound v-8 didn't go up to nearly the extent that the
> rafter came down.  When I started to hear cracking noises, I
> terminated the lift.
> I guess what I'm saying is "MY garage's rafters aren't up to a
> reasonable calibration of a Loos gauge."  Beware!
> 73,
> George T. Daughters, K6GT
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