I'm going to answer this on the group as a number asked this question.
I hope I get this straight. It 's easier to do than to describe
I calculated and cut to length the guys needed plus a couple feet extra
on each one. I had planned on using an EHS tie to the anchor so if I
missed the length by a couple of feet I could correct the problem by
cutting the EHS to fit. EHS lengths vary from about 10 to 14 feet.
(What ever was needed)
I installed the Big Grip (TM) on the end that would go on the tower.
The excess on the other end was wound around an anchor such as a tree,
or was driven in the yard. Sometimes a thimble will help here even if it
has to be over size. The end that went in the Big Grip was gripped by a
double "cam lock" like the kind used for gripping fence wire when
stretching it (only larger). I think it was only about $3 or $4 at the
local ACE hardware store. I don't have any photos of the procedure.
I hooked a "comealong" to the cam lock and put the guy under about 400#
tension. Then installed the Big Grip according to the instructions. The
most difficult part was finding, or creating two anchor points the
correct distance apart although I did have a 20' Comealong as well as a
20' log chain which gave me 40 feet of leeway. This was the point where
I discovered all that steel in my welding bench may weight half a ton,
but 400# or tension easily skids it across the floor. <:-))
When winding a Big Grip became a problem I used a BIG screwdriver as a
lever to easily get the wrap to conform. (One turn at a time...per
side). Some times at the very end it was one wire at a time.
Yes, they work very much like the "Chinese Handcuffs". The pretension
when wrapping gives a better grip. I've never had one come loose, but
they are not normally reusable. If one has to be redone within about a
week it can be done once. The instructions give the specifics on that
and I don't remember. My copy is out in the shop, but they are available
Steve Litwins wrote:
> How did u manage to secure the end of the Philly u were working on?
> The other end? Or is that a moot point if u can wrap two turns and
> then use the thimble?...73/dx
> steve, k8wk
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger (K8RI)"
> To: "W3YY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: <TowerTalk@contesting.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 10:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] wrapping a big grip on phillystran
>> W3YY wrote:
>>> Steve -
>>> You can see step-by-step pictures on my web site www.w3yy.com. The
>>> are contained in the Projects section under Phillystran. The direct
>>> URL is
>>> http://www.w3yy.com/phillystran_assembly-1.htm That will be the first
>>> picture. Click "Next Step" to see the next picture, etc.
>> You missed one very important part as recommended by the company: The
>> cable should be under tension when the grip is installed. I was able to
>> use a comealong to pull the guy tight and then wrap the end. Of course
>> while figuring out how to do this I managed to slide my welding bench
>> half way out the shop door.
>> Roger (K8RI)
>>> 73, Bob - W3YY
>>> -----Original Message-----
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>>> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Steve Litwins
>>> Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 11:23 PM
>>> To: TowerTalk@contesting.com
>>> Subject: [TowerTalk] wrapping a big grip on phillystran
>>> Guys (no pun intended);
>>> I have the Phillystran bul. 105-2/06 telling how to wrap a big grip
>>> onto the
>>> Phillystran...but...having never seen one done nor seen a completed
>>> one I am
>>> a bit hesitant to start. I have looked at stuff offered on the IN
>>> as well.
>>> I can't seem to figure which get wrapped onto what...rope onto grip
>>> or the
>>> opposite. What are the painted marks for? Splitting the grip at
>>> the end??
>>> Anybody feel like guiding me through this? Much obliged for any
>>> assistance...73/dx steve, k8wk
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