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Re: [TowerTalk] Repair HD-BX Tower?

To: "Mike Lafferty W2TB" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Repair HD-BX Tower?
From: "Vic Sadesky" <>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 09:29:38 -0700
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Hey Mike,

Good to hear someone else has one of these "free standers"  Mine has been up 
for 15 years now with no signs of any problems so I'm curious how the 
failure happened and is the tower up?  I can't see that it make any 
difference if you use a bolt or rivet. The factory used "squeeze" or 
"bucked" rivets not the pop type so I would go with the bolts.  Dissimilar 
metals corrosion and strength of the repair material you use would be my 
biggest concern.  You're saying "through a hole in the aluminum rivet"  from 
my aircraft days,  I would remove the rivet and make sure the bolt has a 
tight TIGHT fit in the hole. Also check for cracks around the hole.  A crack 
will continue to propagate even with the rivet repaired.

Good luck and 73

Vic Sadesky KI6VC
Cal City
"Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good
we oft might win
By fearing to attempt."
                  William Shakespeare
"Get'er Done"
                  The Cable Guy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Lafferty W2TB" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 8:40 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Repair HD-BX Tower?

>I have a HD-BX 48" Rohn, and a couple rivets broke on section 5, third
> section from the top. I was going to drill and use stainless steel bolts
> through a hole in the aluminum rivet, but I thought I would ask to see
> if anyone has a better method of repair. Do I need new rivets, or does
> my Stainless Steel work?
> Thanks,
> Mike W2TB
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