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Re: [TowerTalk] Loos Tension Gauge

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Loos Tension Gauge
From: "Keith Dutson" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 15:54:11 -0500
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You say 1/4 Phillystran and 650 or so tension, which would be 6500 lbs rated
strength.  My Phillystran is 6700 lbs rated strength but quite a bit larger
than 1/4 inch.  With the black plastic jacket it looks to be about the size
of RG8 coax.  My Loos gauge will not work on cables this large.  I also have
1/4 EHS leaders on each guy and measured there.

I have my guys set at about 500 lbs according to Loos.  This takes out most
of the droop in the guys.  There are 4 guy sets.  The tower feels steady up
at 150 feet.  That's good enough for me even though, according to Tom's
report, the actual tension may be near 330 lbs.

73, Keith NM5G

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Stone, Gary R.
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 9:28 AM
To: 'Tom Rauch'; towertalk
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Loos Tension Gauge

Wow - this is interesting.  Can we get a definite answer on how to measure
Phillystran?  That is a real difference.  I have 1/4 Phillystran and using
my Loos I have been shooting for about 35 (650 or so - which is 10%) but if
it is inaccurate I may be tightening too tight?

I wonder if the Phyllystran company would have a suggestion as to a proper
device to measure tension with their material?

Also of interest is that I am (and probably others also) actually putting
the Loos device on EHS 1/4 inch because the first 15 feet or so is EHS as is
recommended.  I don't think I would have a tall enough ladder to check the
Phillystran itself but that would be interesting?

Gary, N5PHT


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