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Re: [TowerTalk] Replacing crank up tower cables

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Replacing crank up tower cables
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 14:17:15 -0400 (EDT)
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>  I bought a used US Tower TX-472 and because the cables  appear rusted, I 
have decided to replace them. I have purchased replacements  from US Tower 
so the lengths are correct. the tower is on the ground, so do I  replace the 
cables with the tower retracted or do I need to extend it  first?
Howdy --
    First, I'll bet you a nickel that the cables DO NOT  need replacing. 
There are valid reasons (e.g. damaged, REALLY rusty or  excessive broken 
strands) for replacing the cables but I've never seen a  crank-up with cables 
enough that they actually needed replacing. "Appear  rusted" is most likely 
non-fatal surface rust which can be minimized with  regular application of 
a cable lubricant like PreLube. 
    UST wants you to replace them every 3 years. This  is known as a WEASEL 
CLAUSE because if you didn't do it and something happens,  they can WEASEL 
out of any responsibility. Tower manufacturers are insurance  driven 
enterprises so they'll do anything to avoid risk. Try asking them for a  
diagram for your proposed cable replacement. 
    My advice is to put the cables in a nice dry spot  in the garage and 
save them for when you REALLY need them - probably never. 
Steve     K7LXC
Professional tower services for amateurs
UST Factory authorized installer

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