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[TowerTalk] Newbie to "grips" Tower question

Subject: [TowerTalk] Newbie to "grips" Tower question
From: Doug Hansel <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 20:54:30 -0700 (PDT)
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OK, sorry about this, but I have to ask.... what is the prevailing wisdom on 
big grips compared to cable clamps for guying 3/16 EHS?
I'm making plans to put up my 70ft 25g with a 3el Steppir.  I've never used 
grips before and although I understand how they are supposed to work, I'm 
curious if folks think that grips could fail quicker than cable clamps in any 

The reason all this came about is that I'm trying to figure out how much guy 
wire I really need and what lengths to cut.  Obviously if I go with cable 
clamps, I need to have extra cable for each point where it wraps through the 
terminating object, be it an anchor, insulator, tower, or turnbuckle. It sure 
seems like the grips will help me calculate the size of the wire easier?

Lastly, what do most folks do for insulators on the guys?  I understand that I 
want to have one within a foot or of the tower, but how often after that?  I 
want to minimize interaction, but I also don't want overkill on insulators 

what about the bottom set of guys?

Thanks in advance for the advise!  This list is such a great resource!

Doug AA1UI

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