[TowerTalk] Anchor Shackles

Steve Zettel zettel@homer.libby.org
Sat, 14 Nov 1998 10:11:20 -0700

>Im just about ready to start putting up my tower but the guy hardware I
>have seems to lack one item....anchor shackles....Im using a 25G guy
>anchor assembly with guy grips for "4000" Phillystran...the thimbles are
>heavy duty and I was under the impression I could bend the thimble
>around the hook on the guy assembly but I dont think so !!!!!....I guess
>I need anchor shackles now...Is this the way it is normally done ?

Hi, Stephanie

Don't know if that's the way it's normally done in amateur installations, but it's the way I did mine, and the way most professional rigging is done. It was also the way the guys were installed by the military on an AB-105C tower I recently removed from a Reserve Center.

On my 90' Rohn 45G, I joined my guys to the guy brackets at the   tower and to the turnbuckles via shackles. This gives me the ability to remove a guy with a minimum of hassle, and without cutting the guy, if I ever need to repair/replace one, want to add more guy insulators, have to temporarily drop a guy to install or remove a large beam,want to add a Phyllistran section later, etc.

Look for shackles and the rest of your tower hardware at local professional crane or rigging shops, or under "Wire Rope" in the yellow pages. I got some great deals on EHS, thimbles, shackles, turnbuckles, etc. that way.

Good luck and 73,

Steve Zettel  KJ7CH
near Libby, MT USA

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