[TowerTalk] guying question

Roger (K8RI) K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Fri Jul 25 20:16:18 EDT 2008

Gregg Seidl wrote:
> This is something kinda new to me.I'm going to use a torque bracket for the 
> top most guy set on 2 of my towers.I've never used these before.It seems the 
> bracket gets clamped around the tower.Do you need to put a U clamp under the 
> bracket so it can't slide down under force.

The bracket is the same bracket that *should* be used to attach the 
normal guys.  With my 45G the only difference is the hardware that goes 
into the ends of the brackets.
At each tower leg there is a shorter bracket that runs between the outer 
pieces, but goes on the inside of the tower leg. These things are well 
mounted and take the stress of the guys off the individual tower legs.

If you have a large wind load and the tower base is in concrete it 
greatly reduces to torque down through the tower to the base. With the 
tower set on a pier pin it reduced to pull due to rotation on each guy 
line which again can be considerable when figuring the leverage between 
the tower center and legs.  The longer torque arms reduce this 
substantially.  OTOH most installations don't come near needing them.
>     It seems to me if you tighten the bolts up enough to keep it from 
> sliding down you could "crush" the tower legs,if you don't tighten them 
> enough the bracket could slide down the tower legs under pressure.
You're missing some parts. The short pieces that go inside the tower 
between those outside brackets. Look at the drawing of the bracket in 
the ROHN catalog.  it should show that angle bracket.
>     What am I missing??  Gregg K9KL    www.k9kl.com 
73 and good luck,

Roger (K8RI - ARRL Life Member)
N833R (World's oldest Debonair)

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