[TowerTalk] Prelube 6 on the tower legs of US Tower crank up
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K7LXC at aol.com
Fri Aug 29 07:31:41 EDT 2008
In a message dated 8/28/2008 3:14:48 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
towertalk-request at contesting.com writes:
> I had dug through the refelector archives. To recap, it seemed US
Tower has recently recommended that beeswax could be used to lubricate
the tower legs to help them slide better. That sounds good to me
because I don't want a goopy mess on the tower legs.
> But I bought the prelube 6 for the cable I am installing and tried
some out. Geesh, it seems this stuff might also been ideal on the
tower legs too? I like the idea of keeping that area where the
galvanized finish is scraped off protected with something. Anyone
using prelube6 this way?
UST used to use a thick grease and now they use beeswax on the legs so
that the sections will slide easily while it's horizontal on sawhorses during
assembly. It wears off rather quickly once it's installed and run up and down
a couple of times.
The forces will tend to be on one or two legs where the pulleys and
cables are and will be metal-to-metal contact so applying anything there will get
scraped off in short order.
PreLube 6 is a light-weight lubricant designed to soak into the strands
of wire rope without leaving a sticky film on the outside of the cable so
while applying it to your tower legs is relatively easy, it'll disappear quickly
without having any long-term benefits to your tower. Is applying it helpful?
Sort of. Is it worth the effort? Sort of.
Since attempting to apply beeswax or other lubricant to the legs is
problematic since the tower has to be extended in order to reach the places that
need to be lubricated, it is NOT recommended.
UST Factory authorized installer
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