Be sure to check the tower legs for bolts stored there. Rohn ships bolt kits
tower leg for 25G. You need to look through each leg and be sure you can see
unobstructed light through each one. If you can't see light through each tower
there is some obstruction there and it has to be removed before you install the
allow water drainage. Standing water in a tower leg acts just like standing
water in a
water pipe if it freezes . . . the pipe (tower leg) will burst.
I asked one time why Rohn uses two sized of bolts in tower legs on 25 and 45
why they use two bolts of the same size on 55G. I never got a real answer to
What I was told is that the engineering decision was made so many years ago
around there now can remember . . . I have speculated on my own answer . . .
not a good
way to do engineering, by the way . . . but it is the best I can do. There is
engineering compromise in choosing bolt sizes for tower leg applications. You
go with large bolts for more strength in bolt shear. You want to go with small
the tower leg retains most of its strength . . . every bit of material removed
drill bit for tower leg bolt holes weakens the tower leg a little more. I
using two of the smaller size bolts would not provide enough bolt shear and
using two of
the larger size would weaken the joint too much. A good compromise is to use
different sizes of bolts in each leg.
I also asked why they used fine thread bolts in 25G but not in 45G or 55G.
decision was made so long ago that nobody remembers why . . . I have used
bolts in 25G many times with absolutely no problems. Coarse thread bolts have
advantage that they can be "mechanically galvanized" rather than plated. 25G
bolts are well known to rust after a relatively short time exposed to the
and 55G bolts are coarse threaded and hot dip galvanized and hold up much
better in the
weather. Hot dip galvanized threads tend to fill up with zinc during the hot
galvainizing process and sometimes the nuts won't go on nicely. Mechanically
bolts hold up like hot dipped bolts but work smoothly like plated bolts, but
galvanized bolts for 25G are necessarily coarse threaded, rather than fine
plated like supplied by Rohn.
I have bolt kits available and I can provide you with either mechanically
grade 5 (same grade as Rohn provides) or I can provide you with the exact bolts
specifies, and I buy those directly from Rohn.
Take a look at my web page to learn more about mechanical galvanizing and check
prices on the bolt kits.
Antronics of Oregon, Inc.
> Curious why?
> Just acquired 60' some vintage of Rohn 25 ...in good shape - no rust or
> broken welds! Why does it have different size bolt holes on the legs? That
> is, where the legs nest together and have the 2-bolts per leg one hole is
> larger than the other. Is this a feature? Doesn't look like they've been
> drilled out cuz the galvanizing is still in tack. Should I use 2 different
> size bolts to fit the holes.TIA Steve/n0tu
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