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Re: [TowerTalk] Cable ties, tape or both?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Cable ties, tape or both?
From: "K8RI on TowerTalk" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 21:57:05 -0500
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> So far as I know only Black cable ties can be UV resistant.

And not all of them.  I purchased some wide black ties that were supposed to 
be UV resistant. In less than two years they were so brittle you could break 
any of them with just a light pull.
> Julio, W4HY
> On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 13:38:22 -0500, Alan NV8A wrote:
>>As has been mentioned here before, cable ties tend to crush the cable
>>and electrical tape tends to come undone.

The only electrical tape I've had come undone was put on in very cold 
weather. it was so cold I was having a problem getting the tape to stick to 
itself. Even then it only had the ends flapping in the breeze and was still 
holding. I did redo it when the weather warmed up.

I still use the old, "cheap" tape available at the big box stores and lots 
of it. When I wrap cables I usually will use a minimum of five times around. 
Often I end up with a band about 3" wide and several layers deep.  I carry a 
box cutter up there to remove tape as trying to unwrap that much is a lost 
cause and/or waste of time.

Some of it gets really sticky on a hot summer day and rigid in the cold 
winter, but it still holds quite nicely.

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2 (Use return address from home page)
> Don't take the UV resistance to the bank. I bought some blue tywraps
> that
> were allegedly UV resistant at a hamfest last year. I left a few of them
> sitting out in the sun for three months, they became brittle enough that
> they broke when I tried to wrap them around a cable.
> Jim K9YC


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