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Re: [TowerTalk] Preserving Guy cables

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Preserving Guy cables
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 06:52:16 EST
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In a message dated 12/31/2006 5:06:48 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, writes:

>  As we all know, steel rusts. Ziebart has made a big business  in 
cars from rusting. Their primary ingredient is linseed oil.  I have been 
thinking about soaking the coil of guy in a bucket of warm  linseed so it 
seeps into the nooks and crannies of the cable. This should  effectively 
passivate the cable for quite a few years.
    Umm, not really. I don't know of any  wire cable manufacturer that 
recommends that so I won't either. There are  commercial tower companies that 
techniques and tools to lubricate big  cables on big towers but there's nothing 
required for ham tower guys. 
    Galvanized EHS will last for 20-30 years if left  alone so I wouldn't 
worry about it. Besides, the linseed oil will get washed  out in less than a 
so you're really not accomplishing anything. I sure  wouldn't want to work 
with those slippery, slimy guy wires anyway. 
Steve    K7LXC


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