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Re: [TowerTalk] Why galvanized crank up cables instead of stainless?

To: "'Richard \(Rick\) Karlquist'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Why galvanized crank up cables instead of stainless?
From: "Mike" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:38:05 -0700
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That's the problem rick, they would be sized considerably larger. I have
never seen SS cables in any professional applications except in the food
industry where corrosive wash down equipment is used.

If your cables are not rusty and pitted on the outside I would think that
there is a slim to none chance they would be rusted on the inside.  It is
pretty easy to counter wind them with pliers to look inside, which I do from
time to time.


-----Original Message-----
From: TowerTalk [] On Behalf Of
Richard (Rick) Karlquist

Having just replaced my crank up cables (in case they might be rusted
internally), I am wondering why stainless steel cables aren't used.  It
would seem that they would avoid the latent rust issue.  I realize that they
are not as strong, but they could simply be sized appropriately.  Is it the
case that they may still rust, just more slowly?  Would they somehow wear
out and break internally?  It would be great to merely have to inspect the
cables for obvious broken strands and never have to replace them on a
preventative basis.
Can someone explain this?  Don't airplanes use SS cables?

Rick N6RK

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