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[Towertalk] Big Grip or Guy-Grip?

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Subject: [Towertalk] Big Grip or Guy-Grip?
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Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 21:05:19 EST
In a message dated 1/5/03 5:55:45 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

> PS  I would not hesitate to use Utility Grips GDE-1102 for 3/16" EHS to guy
>  a tower . . . but that is just my opinion . . .

    Actually bad advice. Each Preformed grip is designed specifically for ONE 
cable and APPLICATION and they should not be used with the wrong cable. The 
number of strands varies (i.e. EHS is 5 strands; 7x19 wire rope has 7 bundles 
of 19 strands, etc.) and the lay can be different. 
    Grips for EHS which is used almost exclusively for tower guying are 
longer than the equivalent-sized grip used for utility applications. Also, 
the forces for each application are significantly different; i.e. utility 
poles tend to use fatter, shorter guys than for towers. 

    As always, follow the LXC Prime Directive to "DO what the manufacturer 
says" (you don't think that PLP would tell you to mix-and-match the grips, do 
you?) and you'll be fine. 

Steve     K7LXC
Professional tower services for commercial and amateur

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