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Re: [TowerTalk] hose clamps and end caps

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] hose clamps and end caps
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 10:40:59 EST
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In a message dated 3/3/2008 2:41:31 P.M. Greenwich Standard Time, writes:

had two  experiences that made me reconsider what I was doing. The first
was putting  up a KLM 15 6 element yagi.  It had been up for a few weeks when
two  of the hose clamps popped and broke.  I have always thought that I  had
tightened them too tight and the extremes of the temperature here in  South
Texas had done the rest. The elements slowly slid out and fell to  the
ground. I began to worry about how tight I should be tightening  those
clamps. With a ratchet, it is easy to break or over-tighten hose  clamps.
(Incidentally, I would replace those hose clamps while the antenna  is down.)
My old KLM antennas used the hose clamp method.  I simply drilled a  small 
hole at each joint and inserted a small stainless screw covered with  NoAlOx.  
It helped to secure the joint as well as making a good electrical  connection.

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