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[Towertalk] crank up maintenance

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Subject: [Towertalk] crank up maintenance
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Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 18:19:05 -0400
In a message dated Mon, 15 Jul 2002 10:47:28 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> So my question 
> becomes, does the lubrication wipe off after each tower raising? And if so 
> is it worth the effort to coat/spray the inner and outer section if there 
> is no residual effect ?????  I would think there must be something that 
> will survive the passing of the section. While the tower plumbs straight, 
> one inner section  does tend to lean on one of the legs 
> more than the other 
> two. Could this be part of the problem?

    The guys at US Tower used to use a tenacious thick grease on the inside of 
the legs so that the sections would slide easily during assembly. The grease 
serves no other function.

    As you found, it just wipes off. Anything you put on them will just wipe 

    I don't recommend greasing the legs because of the lack of access to the 
sliding surfaces and the potential danger of getting your hands inside all 
those potentially dangerous steel pieces. 

    I suggest you ignore the leg lubing but do a contientious job of lubing the 
cables. (More details in the TT archives on

    BTW the guys at US Tower use wax now instead of grease during assembly.

Steve    K7LXC
Professional tower services for commercial and amateur

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