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[Towertalk] Phillystran break strength vs. diameter?

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Subject: [Towertalk] Phillystran break strength vs. diameter?
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Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 22:14:59 EDT
In a message dated 9/12/02 11:50:03 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> In my talk with the factory sales guy at Datyon, 

    His name is Ken Knight and is a good guy and has been helpful for all of 
my Phillystran dealings. 

>  he said the reason for
>  having a leader of steel guy wire is to prevent any abrasion or anyone
>  cutting it, messing around, etc.  He said that while they don't recommend
>  it, there is no technical reason why you can't go to the ground with it.  
>  said that if you are confident that the guys are in a place where they 
>  get bothered by man or beast, then sure, you can run them all the way to 
>  ground.  In other words, use your best judgement.
    The reasons for using EHS to the anchor is to prevent vandalism (they can 
be cut with a razor knife and we actually had someone cut the Phillystran 
guys to collapse a local Christian AM station). Another is that the jacket 
can catch fire - we lost a commercial tower in Eastern WA some years ago that 
had Phillystran and a fire came through. 

    Your mileage WON'T vary - Phillystran can suffer from fates that EHS 
shrugs off.

Steve    K7LXC
Professional tower services for commercial and amateur

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