For at least 30 years I have used "tight fitting, soft leather
gloves...typically pig skin. You can find them on sale at times for $12
to $18 but regular prices may run pretty steep.
They don't get slippery when wet, protect your hands, let you grip
"relatively" small parts like nuts and bolts.
As I worked in very cold weather at times, cut out fingers were not an
Often I had to use Talcum powder to get them on...when I said tight I
meant fitting like a second skin. I found a few with reinforced fingers
and palms, but in general they were not flexible enough for fine work.
They can even be washed, but the down side to that is you have to wear
them while they are drying or you'll never get them back on.
A light coat of neat's foot oil sprayed on will make them generally
water proof at least for a short time, but don't use them while the
surface is still oily.
You can also use a very low viscosity 200 fluid (silicone fluid)
available in small spray cans from shoe stores. Go light and let them
thoroughly dry to get rid of any solvent before wearing them.
That's what has worked for me.
On 7/31/2010 10:08 PM, Pete-N4KW wrote:
> I have found that sailing gloves work great on the tower and have used them
> for years. The tips of the fingers are cut out, and makes it great for
> handling nuts and bolts etc. They have extra leather padding in the palm.
> The entire top of the glove is made of a stretch nylon material. I purchase
> them at the local Marine shop. Try them and do not think you will go back
> to your normal gloves. They worked great for climbing my AB105 towers and
> working on antennas up on the tower.
> 73 Pete N4KW
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gene Smar"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:51 PM
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower gloves redux
>> At Home Despot today I bought a pair of cheap yet, I hope, effective
>> gloves for use while climbing. They are made by Firm Grip (a Vietnamese
>> company) and have padding in the palms and across the back of the third
>> knuckles. They are washable and have a Velcro (TM) hook-and-loop type of
>> fastener at the wrist. The price is $10. I found only large sized ones
>> on the display rack.
>> I haven't actually used them on the tower yet, but am looking for an
>> excuse to climb so I can try them out. I will probably clip the
>> fingertips off, though, for more dexterity with hardware atop the tower.
>> 73 de
>> Gene Smar AD3F
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