Over the years on this list there has been a persistent thread suggesting it is
essential to lubricate your crank-up tower cables.
See the link below for a .pdf FAQ document from US tower wherein it is stated
twice NOT to lubricate the cables. Below I also cut-and-pasted the relevant Q &
A's. There may be those who will argue that lube is a must, but I would
suggest following the advice of those who build the towers.....even if they
don't build the cable.
As a US tower owner for 14 years, I have NEVER put lube on my cables and they
have remained in excellent condition. They have been replaced twice, but NOT
because of any noticeable wear, but only as a precaution as per the
73, de steve ve6wz.
QUESTION : Cable replacement and maintenance.
ANSWER : We recommend that you replace your cables every three years, with
regular inspection of
the cables. You need to look for any rust, broken strains and/or kinking. We do
lubricating the cables as can cause a more serious damage to them.
QUESTION : Can the cables be lubricated?
ANSWER : We do not recommend lubricating the cables. The lubrication only
attracts dirt and debris
causing cuts and scarring into the cable resulting in a shortened cable life
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