[TowerTalk] Broken 3/8" Turnbuckle
Thu, 24 Feb 2000 13:41:21 EST
As I mentioned previously, I too find it difficult to believe that a properly
manufactured turnbuckle, properly installed, properly adjusted 3/8"
turnbuckle would fail under the proper load. I have never seen it, but then
again I have only seen thousands of turnbuckles and their installations.
There must be some outside influence here. I have seen damaged turnbuckles
from improper installation. I have seen damaged turnbuckles from outside
influences such as a tractor or truck clipping the turnbuckle and or guy
cable, this however created additional extensive damage to the tower, more so
to the guy cable and tower than the turnbuckles.
In that there is no further tower damage, you must have received an
improperly manufactured turnbuckle initially and installed same and just now
You can some times save a couple of nickels with the support structure, BUT
you should never attempt to cut corners on your method of supporting your
structure. Lives are at stake here. Always keep a figure 8 safety loop in
between your buckles and anchor. Always check your anchors first before you
climb, and when climbing absolutely positively do not forget about the laws
Donald J. Tenn
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