I suspect that when you put the Hornet up you failed to use a anti-seize
compound to prevent the U bolt and nut from cold welding. Then when you
tried to remove the U bolts the nut was welded to the U bolt. That is why it
was so hard to remove. Google Anti-Seize Technology.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob AD5VJ" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:37 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> Bob AD5VJ
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