>> Ok... I'm not impressed with the F-12 method of securing the over head
> truss line to the 2" mast.
>> The F-12 method consist of looping the 1/8" SS truss cable
> through the "U" portion of a standard
> U-clamp.. with the saddle on the back end of the mast. While this method
> works, it's an absolute
> bitch to get some tension on the truss line. IE: you have to push up on
> the U bolt.. and hold it there, then tighten the U bolt.
> The first time I encountered this method, I wasn't totally impressed.
> But after installing dozens of them over the years with no failures, I've
> accepted it as simple and reliable. F12 uses 7x19 wire rope so it suffers
> little damage in use.
One workaround if faced with this system is to tighten the cable support
and then loosen the boom to mast clamp, allowing the boom to slip down
to the point where the boom guys are at the desired tension. You've got
to have the boom a little high to begin with of course.
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