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Re: [TowerTalk] support rope

To: "Cam and Juli Hedrick" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] support rope
From: "Orcena Lyle" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 19:08:02 -0500
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I have four guy ropes to a top-heavy vertical that I made.  Three guys are 
black-covered white rope from Cable Experts (3/16") and the fourth guy is 
parachute cord.  The black ham rope has stretched hardly at all but the 
parachute cord stretched enough that I had to tighten it up twice at the 
beginning.  We had heavy wet snow in March and the snow was stuck ~3" high on 
top the ropes (no kidding).  The black rope sagged some but tightened up by 
itself once the snow melted.  The parachute cord sagged almost to the ground 
and had to be tightened up (shortened) once the snow melted and the cord dried.

The parachute cord is pretty tough though.  I had a break and a near break with 
a rope holding a wire through a tree, but it took several years to be rubbed 
through by tree branches.

73 de Orcy  WØQT
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cam and Juli Hedrick 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 1:26 PM
  Subject: [TowerTalk] support rope

  Hi all,
  I have been using parachute cord for years and it has outlasted everything
  else I ever tried.  I used to be able to get plenty while I was in the U.S.
  Air Force, but alas I retired.  I noticed sometime ago that Cabela's sell it
  buy to foot or roll.  I don't recall a price however, but it might be worth
  a look.  Another source is backpacking stores, as many stock it because it
  is a favorite for guying dining fly's and tents.  I've had some up for 12
  years at our QTH.  It's light and strong as well as UV resistant.
  Cam Hedrick, MSgt USAF (retired)


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