I installed more than 10,000 feet of black PLP fiberglas guys on my towers 12
years ago. The top of each rod has just begun to turn
white. There's no evidence of reduced strength and it affects only the
surface of each rod. The shady side of the guy rods (downward facing)
is still black.
I fully expect at least 25 years of service from my PLP fiberglas
guys. In this location, 25 years is also the expected service life of
galvanized steel guy wire.
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>Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 13:36:27 EDT
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fiberglass Rod Part Deux
>I'm interested to see if there are a few of us who would want to purchase
>new fiberglass rod together to meet the minimum order. One manufacturer
>requires 5,000 feet; another I found, 2,000 feet.
>Perhaps there is some merit in going this route if enough of us with modest
>stations would want to work together. It seems a far more cost-effective
>alternative to phillystran.....KC2G
>I was part of two groups who did this a while back. We put two massive
>orders in to Polygon up in Indiana.
>One thing you need to consider is the order for the guy grips needs to
>placed separately from the fiberglass. The grips used for the Polygon stuff
>be ordered from PLP. However, PLP only sells minimum orders of $500 and the
>grips come in boxes of 25. I think the fiberglass grips (different than the
>regular EHS ones) go for around $10 each. There is a substantial penalty for
>them to "break" a box that you must pay for a partial box order.
>Another caveat.....After several years in the Florida sun, the rod started
>to look rather shaggy and frayed. I sold my place, took down the towers and
>sold off all the rod so I don't know what they would have looked like after
>more time out there. I do know that the gel deteriorated pretty quickly in
>just a couple of years.
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