> 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?
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.
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