Here's a quicker (time wise) solution to checking materials for corrosion.
Take a large plastic container of water and add some rock salt (like we use
on the ice and snow here in New England-or in water softeners in San Jose
hi). Not too scientific but it works.
Just put the hardware in the solution and see what happens. If it rusts out
in a week, look for better hardware! You could also add some stainless
steel hardware at the same time just to use it as a time gage. It shouldn't
show any changes.
At 10:10 AM 7/31/2002 -0400, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 7/30/02 1:21:37 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
> > I am considering the use of pin shackles in my guying
> > system and am wondering if anyone has any info to
> > offer regarding the quality/durability of those one
> > can purchase from Lowes/HomeDepot etc. I'm concerned
> > that they will end up rusting/corroding severely in a
> > short time (even though they "look" galvanized).
> Buy one and leave it out in the backyard for a couple of months and see
>what happens. If it really rusts, chuck it over the fence.
> Generally shackles/clevises aren't the weak links in the chain so some
>surface rust won't hurt anything. If you're really concerned, get one the
>next size up. A good rule of thumb for shackle size is to double the wire
>size; i.e. 3/16" EHS uses a 3/8" shackle.
> I've found virtually all shackles useful - even the cheap Chinese ones -
>and haven't had any reason not to use them.
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