I have been using nylon insert ss lock nuts on ss bolts and u-bolts. I have
not had any seize or loosen. Also don't need a lock washer. The only pain is
that you can't hand tighten them. You need to use a wrench for putting them
on and off. I use an air ratchet wrench which makes the job easy.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Bill VanAlstyne
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Stainless Steel Hardware
I can't emphasize strongly enough the advisability of using an anti-seize
compound on stainless steel hardware when assembling antennas with it! I had
completely replace the SS hardware on my Cushcraft yagi antenna because, out
ignorance, I failed to do this during assembly, and I ended up having to
dismantle the antenna with a hacksaw and a carborundum cut-off wheel.
doesn't mention anything about this potential problem in their manual.)
now done my due-diligence on the subject -- a day late and a dollar short,
were -- I've learned that seizing (galling) is a well-known and commonplace
problem with SS fasteners assembled without anti-seize compound, especially
conditions are ideal for galling: a) high torque on bolt/nut assembly,
of U-bolt clamps on large antenna arrays; b) high ambient temperatures,
over a typical New Mexico summer; and c) bolt and nut are the same
of SS -- i.e., have the same distribution and proportion of additive
So if you ever want to take that antenna apart again, don't forget the
anti-seize! Penetrox works well, as do the many anti-seize compounds
in most auto parts stores. I also read, however, that if you live on the
seashore and have a moisture/salt/wind condition continually battering your
antenna, you have to be a lot more selective in your choice of anti-seize,
because the moist salt air will, over time, wash the metal particle
(oftentimes copper) out of the anti-seize compound and replace it with
salts, leaving the fasteners even more vulnerable to galling than if no
anti-seize had been used in the first place. A non-metallic anti-seize
(much harder to find at retail) is recommended for such environments. Though
here in hot sunny New Mexico, that's hardly a concern. :-)
Bill / W5WVO
Tower (K8RI) wrote:
> Don't forget to check your local businesses in the phone book.
> We have a large industrial faster distributor here in Midland; "Prime
> Fastener". They also have a large store in Alma.
> I'm not pushing them,but rather the idea there are probably many of
> type of business in almost any major metropolitan area and their
> prices are
> going to be a surprise for anyone who has been purchasing bolts and
> such at
> hardware and discount stores.
> I can buy an entire box of 100 SS bolts for about the same price as 6
> or 8
> when purchased at Low's, Builder's Square, or local hardware stores.
> always running short, I now tend to buy them by the box and have
> a pretty good stock of them.
> The same is true for steel and aluminum stock. Although not cheap by
> means I've come up with some pretty good prices for aluminum from an
> in Saginaw (bout a 20 mile drive)
> A while back I needed some larger SS bolts. As I recall they were
> 1/2" NC.
> and about 2" long. I picked them up (not a whole box this time) for
> about 20% to 25% of the price at the so called discount store. That
> can add up to
> a huge savings in a hurry when looking at several hundred bolts in a
> project. That is $40 worth of bolts for about $10 as a comparison.
> OTOH you
> could say the one store is getting $40 for $10 worth of bolts. <:-))
> When I need steel for a project there are three places locally. One
> has very
> good prices and if the pieces needed are too big for me to easily
> home, the guy drops them off on his way home. (hasn't charged me a
> cent for
> delivery yet)
> Again most larger towns should have such outlets. Midland is only
> about 75,000 in population.
> I think many times we spend a lot of time searching the net
> Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member)
> N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2)
>> Here is an interesting website for those looking for Stainless Steel
>> De Richard K0XG
>> Richard Hassell-Bennett
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