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Re: [TowerTalk] dxengineering U-bolts froze??

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] dxengineering U-bolts froze??
From: "Dubovsky, George" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:45:56 -0500
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It's called "galling" and most stainless alloys are prone to it. It's just like 
the parts weld together. The cure is to always lubricate stainless fasteners 
during assembly. I carry a brush-top can of Never-Seez whenever I'm doing tower 
work, but any light grease will work just fine.


geo - n4ua

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bob AD5VJ
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:38 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] dxengineering U-bolts froze??

I like dxengineering parts; however, I installed my new th6dx this last
weekend with the help of the Azle Ham Club here locally. After taking down
my Hornet Tribander I was disassembling the Hornet from the mounting plate
that I bought from dxengineering.

I bought it with the recommended stainless steel U-bolt clamps they sell
when I put the Hornet up. It was up less than a year on the tower. While I
was loosening a couple of the U-bolt from the mast, the nut holding a couple
of the U-bolts became very hard to take off until I had to place the
assembly in a vice to get enough torque on my wrench to finally get the nut
off along with using a spray lubricant.

The threads are ruined on the nut and the U-bolt since it seemed to cross
thread as it came loose for no apparent reason.

I would have hated to have been trying this on top of the tower hanging from
a strap trying to get it apart.

Has anyone else had a problem like this, I remember it wasn't hard to
tighten when I assembled it as it went on very easily, just taking it off
was very difficult.



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