In a message dated 5/10/2008 7:17:47 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> This is very simple. If it's meant to move, like a crankup, it MUST
be moved regularly.
You mean like exercising it on a regular basis? I totally agree.
> And lubed generously.
Define generously. A regular application is recommended. As long as the
strands are saturated, you're good to go.
> If you let it sit, it will ossify, much like your own backside.
Well, galvanized 7x19 wire rope will oxidize over time. But losing the
galvanizing and rusting takes a long time. I've seen 15-20+ year old crank-ups
that hadn't been lubed in decades - maybe never - and they were okay.
Certainly not bad enough to replace.
> 2-3 times a month is not unreasonable.
Maybe not unreasonable but highly impractical. If you lube your cables
once a year, you're ahead of 90% of crank-up owners. In that year, the
lightweight lubricant will be washed out in several months but will still be
in prolonging the life of the cables.
I don't know of anyone who actually can or will lube the cables 2-3 time
a month. In situations where a cable moves many times everyday like in a big
welding shop or rigging shop, then 2-3 times a month might be necessary. Do
they do it that often? Maybe.
I guess my advice is to do as often as you can - once or twice a year
would be pretty good.
The cable lubricant recommended by wire rope manufacturers can be
obtained from _www.championradio.com_ (http://www.championradio.com) .
Champion Radio Products
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