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Re: [TowerTalk] Phillystran Guy Design

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Phillystran Guy Design
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 11:24:33 EST
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Phillystran does not offer the end sleeves for locking the grip ends. They  
are made for steel grips but rarely used.
It is possible, total conjecture on my part, that one of the larger steel  
end sleeves would fit the Phillystran grip but which size is unknown.
If I see any interest in this issue I will look into  it.
Gerald Williamson K5GW
General Manager, Texas Towers
In a message dated 12/22/2006 10:12:54 A.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

Dick  Green WC1M wrote:

> K7LXC wrote:
>>     There are also little  aluminum caps available that  
>> go over the end of the bottom grips (facing up the  guy).  
>> They are supposed to prevent ice that's sliding down the  
>> Phillystran from  unwinding the grips. I've seen tie wraps  
>> used for the same reason although they  could get ripped off  
>> in extreme ice conditions. 

> I received small open  metal sleeves with the Rohn-supplied EHS Big Grips.
> I'm not sure what  metal they're made of, but I think it's steel. I received
> black cable  ties with the Phillystran guy grips. The metal sleeves jam down
> onto  the end of the grip solidly and can't come off easily. It's very hard
>  to tighten the cable ties on the Phillystran guy grips enough to keep  them
> from sliding with only modest pressure. My impression is that  they won't do
> a heck of a lot. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine  enough ice sliding
> down the guy to open the end of the grip. Has  anyone ever heard of that
> happening?
> 73, Dick WC1M  

It's supposedly happened on some larger commercial towers, but I'm not  
sure where.

On my Philly guyed ham towers I carefully tape the ends  (forming a cone) 
with good ole Scotch 33, which seems like it should be  superior to cable 

Steve  K8LX

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