Hmmm.... I'm not sure if I would trust USED grips on a new
installation where they had been unwound and then rewound...
I buy my grips NEW by the box, directly from Preformed Line Products
Regarding end caps, I believe that is primarily to prevent problems
with ICE sliding down LONG guys. I have 7 guyed tower that have
been up for 10 to 20 years with NO end caps (in Alabama...NO ice).
I use the smaller insulators (1.25 X 2.?? inchses) with my 3/16
inch guys. I 'reform' the preform guy grip radius using a rubber
mallot and piece of wood after wrapping the ends together for
a couple of turns around the colored markers.
(YES, I know this is NOT what the manufacturer says...
BUT, none of my grips have failed and all of my towers
are still standing.)
On Thu, 19 Sep 2002 "Tom Sykes" <email@example.com> writes:
> I'm in the process of installing guy wires on Rohn 25. This is my
> experience using Big Grips. Best thing since sliced bread!
> My first question is whether it's really necessary to install some
> sort of
> holding device over the ends of the big grip, and if so, what? I
> know that
> they make a special cone shaped device for this purpose, because the
> guys I purchased had them installed. I removed some of them and
> them, they work great. I read some TowerTalk archives that
> suggested using
> tie wraps for this purpose. I tried that but the tie wraps slip
> right off.
> Is it OK to use scotch 33 or 88 tape for this purpose (with or
> without tie
> wraps underneath?) I cannot imagine a scenario that would cause the
> grip to become detached, at least not in the mild climate here in
> Second question: I purchased guy insulators from Texas Towers. I
> did not
> specify the size when I made the purchase and they didn't ask the
> so I assumed there was just one standard size. The insulators are
> smaller than expected. (For that price, I was expecting them to be
> the size
> of an ostrich egg!). The insulators are too small for the big
> grips, as
> evidenced by the fact that the insulator slips out of position. I
> tried to
> keep the guy wire pulled tight enough to hold the insulators in
> position but
> after installing the first set of guy wires to the anchors, I
> noticed that
> some of the insulators were offset a bit (i.e. the guy wire is not
> in the insulator groove as it should). I am concerned that the
> could break. I suppose that would not be a catastrophic failure
> because the
> two thimbles would still be holding the guy wire if the insulator
> What are your opinions regarding the use of small insulators? Is
> there a
> technique for holding the insulators in position during the
> stage? (Have I discovered yet another use for duct tape?)
> Thanks and 73,
> Tom, NU7J
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