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Re: [TowerTalk] T Guy Anchor Inspection

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] T Guy Anchor Inspection
From: "Dick Green WC1M" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 00:46:59 -0400
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For those who are installing new guy anchors, there were some posts here a
while back about coating the rods with roofing tar/cement prior to burying
them. I coated mine all the way from the cement slab to the equializer
plate. Still looking good, but it's only been a couple of years.

73, Dick WC1M

> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] T Guy Anchor Inspection
> In a message dated 6/5/2009 5:18:01 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> >  As one of those things I was going to do when I got a 'Round  Tuit',
> today I started inspecting my guy anchor rods. (Tower is 78' Rohn 45G,
> guy levels; installation 16 years old). I excavated the first rod and
> good news and bad news. The good news is that it is structurally sound
> without extensive corrosion. The bad news is that has no galvanizing left
> has a light coat of rust. Does anyone know of cathodic protection
>  for ham tower use? I can find commercial systems on the 'net, but they
> cost  ~2K$.
> Hi, Tony --
>     Good catch on the rod! Dave Leeson, W6QHS, had a  commercially
> overloaded 45G at his 140 MPH QTH that fell down when the below  ground
> anchor rod
> rusted through. It could've been so easily avoided. Oh well.
> I would just treat it like any other tower member  - wire brush it off,
> primer it and put some good cold galv spray paint on it.  A couple of
> for
> sure. Just do this every 10 years and that's all  you'll ever have to do.
>     You could also consider a commercial coating that  would encapsulate
> the anchor rod in the area of interest. Older towers that  have lost their
> galvanizing are sometimes epoxied - another long lasting  product. The key
> here
> is surface prep. Use TSP (there's another one - some  sort of solvent I
> think) and just do an over-engineering-type job on it and  you're good to
> (You do know how to over-engineer, don't you Tony?) (Just  kidding. Tony
is a
> very good and intuitive engineering type.)
>     Don't have anything to share about the cathodic  protection and I'm
> sure you're right about the price.
> Cheers & GL,
> Steve     K7LXC
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