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[TowerTalk] Burying radials

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Burying radials
From: (Jim W7RY)
Date: Fri Jun 6 14:45:09 2003
I have seen "staples" that are used for holding drip type irrigation hose
down in your flower beds. Most likely available at Home Depot or Lowes..

Also may be something used to hold shrub bed edging down.

Good luck.
Jim W7RY

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To: "Bud Hippisley, K2KIR" <>; <>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2003 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Burying radials

> Bud:
>      I don't envy you and the work you'll be doing setting down your
> wires in that forest!  But I can help with the staple idea.
>      I have about a half-mile of various gauge radial wires in the grass
> around my house for my 160M inverted L.  I used pieces of wire shirt
> as the staples to hold them down.  I cut the hangers into pieces about
> or six inches long and bent them into a hairpin.  They seem to work pretty
> well because I've had to relocate a few wires since then and I really had
> pull on the wires to get the staples to come out.
>      If necessary, you might be able to buy sufficient hangers from the
> local dry cleaners.  I'm able to cut five or six staples from each hanger.
> I got my collection of hangers over several years of having my work shirts
> professionally laundered.  (I drive a desk for a living.)
> 73  de
> Gene Smar  AD3F
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bud Hippisley, K2KIR" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, June 06, 2003 1:08 PM
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Burying radials
> > This winter I put up a 90-foot Rohn 45 guyed tower -- partly to support
> HF Yagis and partly to serve as my top-loaded 160-meter vertical.
> >
> > Because the ground was frozen by the time I could get around to putting
> down radials, I laid some temporary radials on top of the ground just
> the first significant snowfall.   Now the snow has gone (finally!) and
> everybody is tripping over the wires, so now I need to bury two or three
> dozen "permanent" radials.  After looking in my junk box, the radials are
> most apt to be #12 insulated solid copper house wire (for mechanical
> strength) or #16 bare solid copper wire (if I find any advantage to using
> it).
> >
> > I live in a forest, so the top surface of my yard consists of pine
> needles, clumps of moss, and numerous surface roots from pines, balsams,
> hemlocks, and an occasional hardwood.  Because there are so many roots I
> doubt that the "EdgeHog" or any similar device would be of much use to me.
> Instead, I'm thinking of hand trenching with a garden trowel a foot or two
> at a time, where possible, and then using some kind of pound-in clip to
> each radial in place where it has to come out of the ground to go over a
> tree root.  (Probably in pairs -- one on each side of the root.)
> that looks like a miniature tent-peg seems like it would be ideal, but I
> certainly can't afford real tent-pegs, based on the prices I've seen in
> stores, and they're typically far too big for what I have in mind.
> >
> > Soooo.....I'm wondering if anyone knows of something that would do the
> "tie down" job and is readily (and cheaply) available at Lowe's, Home
> or the national hardware chains.  (Whatever I use, I expect to need many
> hundreds of them.)  Alternatively, has anyone ever taken a large
> or construction staple and bent the sharp ends back up, so that they
> being removed -- much like the barb on a fish hook -- after being driven
> into the ground?
> >
> > Bud, K2KIR
> >
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