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Re: [TowerTalk] Copper Strapping Clamps

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Copper Strapping Clamps
From: "John Wagner" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:44:59 -0400
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> Maybe I have misunderstood how the Polyphaser clamps are 
> intended to be used, but if I pass the copper strip between 
> the bolts and around one side of the nominally 5/8" ground 
> rod (actually approx. 1/32" shy), everything seems to clamp 
> together just fine. IOW, the clamp is clamping the copper 
> strap firmly *against* the ground rod
> Alan NV8A
> On 07/24/06 08:54 am Brad Nowak wrote:
> > I too found the strapping clamps too large for standard 5/8 
> in ground rods.
> > I did find that they work perfectly on 3/4 in ground rods 
> usually only 
> > available at industrial electric suppliers (only in 10' lengths I 
> > might add).  I didn't like using the shims of copper as it 
> was a real 
> > PITA trying to get everything aligned to tighten securely.

You got it Alan, PolyPhaser states in their instructions for the clamp:

"If using other than PolyPhaser ground rods, copper strap may be cut and
used to shim the strap-to-rod clearance"

All connections should be cleaned and the proper copper joint compound used,
of course.

John W8JJW


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