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Re: [TowerTalk] Thrust bearing re-grease

To: Doug Renwick <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Thrust bearing re-grease
From: Richards <>
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:36:04 -0500
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Doug -- Thank you, as your post proves my point.

Yes, of course it is only my opinion.   We all have opinions around
here, and they all have varying relative merit.   Mine suffer more than
most at times from ignorance and novelty as a relative newcomer.

You are correct this has been debated on this reflector numerous
times, but I believe the CONSENSUS is that (in most cases) adding
guy wires to a self supporting tower is contraindicated.   (The usual
argument being that it adds extra downward force not anticipated
in the original design.)

The fact YOUR tower is an exception does not defeat the general
rule.    I doubt you intend to suggest the converse - i.e., that guy
wires are always a good idea on self-supporting towers....

Yet, your comment is instructive and illustrates my point completely:
That one should consult the manufacturer and follow its specifications,
and not just do what other operators might suggest.   In your case,
asking the manufacturer proves your tower runs counter to the
general rule.   Still, it proves the value of asking the mfr what is
best for its particular product design.

Which is the point I was making.

N.B. >   [ None of this is intended to denigrate or belie the
                value of asking our friends and colleagues what they
        would recommend... it just means one should ALSO
        inquire of the manufacturer in order to be fully
        informed - especially where it  might entail the possibility
        one would substitute a different part or method from
        what is originally specified. ]

Thank you.   Happy trails and Good DX to ya.

================  K8JHR  ==================

Doug Renwick wrote:
> This subject has been debated before.  Your analysis of self-supporting
> towers and guying is another example of misinformation!  Let me suggest
> you obtain the facts next time you post or other wise state that it is
> your opinion.  The company that manufactures the self-supporting towers
> I use, RECOMMENDS guying ... fact!
> Doug

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