[TowerTalk] Joined Guys
Fri, 11 May 2001 10:36:24 -0600
I have one of the Preform Line Products splices.
Basically, it looks like a regular Dead End grip
that has been straightened out. Bottom Line:
you only have HALF the number of strands
(well 4 vs 7) at the splice. Best to use an
insulator and two grips.
Here is my "3 Bolt" Utility type termination Horror Story:
I was on top of a friend's 130 ft R25 tower when I heard
a LOUD BANG, like a big gun going off, and felt the
tower shake. Fortunately, nothing more happened.
When I got down, one of the ground crew guys noticed
that there was a visible ring 1/4 inch out of the 3 Bolt
termination that held the SINGLE heavy guy wire that
connected a torque equilizer plate with 5 guys to the
anchor rod. We concluded that the heavy wire had
SLIPPED in the 3 Bolt terminator and thank God had
held after relieving the excess tension. No bolted
plates for me! (That was 30 years ago)
de Tom N4KG
On Wed, 09 May 2001Tim Duffy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Two big grip preforms along with one in-line guy wire insulator of
> suitable strength sure make a very strong and reliable (safe) in-line
> I seem to recall seeing a special back to back preform that would
> effectively allow splicing. Consult PreForm Line Products in Cleveland,
> Ohio for more information.
> Tim K3LR
> Mikael Schad wrote:
> > Tower installation is not my area of expertice,but I hope someone
> can help
> > with a concern I have. The company I work for recently had three
> > towers installed. I noticed that a large portion of the guy wires
> > actually two pieces that have been joined together. I some cases
> they are
> > bolted together and in others simply spliced and wrapped together.
> > installer claims that this is normal, common sense tells me it
> can't be.
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Mike
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