[TowerTalk] Beeswax application
K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Sat Jun 16 14:51:47 PDT 2012
On 6/16/2012 1:31 PM, K7LXC at aol.com wrote:
>> How are you supposed to get it on the guides without completely
> disassembling the tower?
> Well, first you'll need to extend the tower in order to expose the
> inside of the legs. IF you do a GOOD and SAFE job of blocking the tower to
> prevent it from slipping down, you could theoretically wax/lubricate the
> running surfaces.
> The problem is that after running the tower up and down a couple of
> times the wax/lubricant is scraped off. Crank-ups tend to rub on 2 legs and
> the third doesn't get much action. Does the wax/lubricant actually do
> anything? Possibly, but only for a short time.
> Do you need to do anything to the legs? Not in my opinion. It's A)
> anything is potentially dangerous to apply and B) it's only a short term
My opinions only: I think, on galvanized towers that galvanizing is
probably the best and most durable lubricant you can get in there.
Get Steve's book!
>> How about applying 10 mil adhesive backed teflon tape to the guides?
> Nope. One excursion of the tower up or down and it'll be scraped off.
> There's a lot of information on crank-ups in the Crank-up chapter in
> my UP THE TOWER book (available from www.championradio.com). The only thing
> you really should do is to lube the cables occasionally along with greasing
> the zerk fittings in the motor drive and the thrust bearing.
> Steve K7LXC
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