[TowerTalk] Beeswax application

David Jordan wa3gin at comcast.net
Sat Jun 16 15:30:34 PDT 2012

I have a 30yr old Triex CT-100.  Never put anything on the tower legs... I 
would never wax, grease or oil the legs... no need to... the tower is over 
30 yrs old... there is wear but not much because Triex used sacrificial 
aluminum rollers on each tower section... no sleds to rub off the 
galvanization.  I wouldn't worry about it.  Minimize how much you crank the 
tower.  Worst case spray the legs with gavanized paint... it will rub off 
but it will provide some lubrication in the process which is what you are 
trying to attempt with the bee wax...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <K7LXC at aol.com>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>; <richard at karlquist.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2012 1:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Beeswax application

>>  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
> solution.
>>  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.
> Cheers,
> Steve     K7LXC
> and
> Champion Radio Products
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