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Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn 55 thimbles and turnbuckles

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn 55 thimbles and turnbuckles
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 19:56:04 EDT
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Just start the thimble on the eye of the turnbuckle by hand and give the 
thimble a couple of whacks with a hammer.  The thimble should spring open and 
into the eye just fine.
Dwayne, KG4ADM

Reviewing the Rohn parts list for a 110â 55G tower @90-100MPH, I decided to
go with Ââ EHS for all three levels (actually, 6700lb Phillystran with Ââ
EHS leaders. Following the parts list, I ordered 3/8â heavy-duty thimbles
(3/8THH) and Ââx12â eye-jaw turnbuckles (1/2TBE&J). Rohn specifies that the
thimble should be one size larger than the guy diameter. The parts have
arrived, and Iâm perplexed to find that the 3/8â thimbles donât fit inside
the eye part of the turnbuckles. I might be able to make them  fit by
flattening the edges of the thimble a bit (sandwiching it between a piece of
two pieces of flat steel and hammering the flare out of the edges), but
before I try that, Iâd like opinions on this. I canât be the first person
who has run into this. It looks like a shackle would work, but Rohn doesnât
specify them for 55G towers. Comments?

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