[TowerTalk] Installing guy wires ???

N1BUG paul at n1bug.com
Sun Dec 13 13:14:27 EST 2015

This is the method I use. With 3/16" and 1/4" EHS on my +/- 100 foot 
towers I have never found it necessary to use a screwdriver or 
wrench to tighten the rope. Even when using turnbuckles as short at 
6 inches, I have been able to easily pull the rope tight enough to 
terminate the end of the guy cable and still have enough adjustment 
range to obtain tension with the turnbuckle. Your mileage may vary, 
of course. Often I can tie the rope at the anchor, rather than 
running it back to the cable clamp. Depending on the anchor type, 
this can be somewhat easier or more difficult.


On 12/12/2015 05:07 PM, David Robbins wrote:
> put one clamp up high on the guy wire and tie a rope around it.  take the
> rope through the anchor and back to the clamp as tight as you can tie it.
> do all 3 the same way so the tower is straight.  Then you can use a
> screwdriver or wrench in the middle of the loop to twist the rope to
> tighten, do all 3 the same way.  Be careful, do not tighten so much that you
> break the rope.  This should give you enough pull to get it tight enough to
> attach the wire to the turnbuckle and finish tightening with that.
> This shows the technique: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Spanish-Windlass

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