[TowerTalk] INstalling guy wires
David Aslin G3WGN
david at aslinvc.com
Mon Dec 14 08:27:27 EST 2015
I've been following this discussion with interest as I will be installing my first towers next spring. On this crowded island towers are relatively rare so there is not much local experience to draw on - the towertalk brains trust is invaluable for that reason alone.
While I *think* I understand the methods recommended for guy tensioning and termination form the email trail, I absorb things much more completely if they are visual. Are there any videos or photos anyone can point me to, especially ones showing the Klein grips/come-along method?
73, David G3WGN M6O
From: Stan Stockton [mailto:wa5rtg at gmail.com]
Sent: 14 December 2015 11:23
To: Mitch <mskobier at charter.net>
Cc: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] INstalling guy wires
Another suggestion/alternative..A PLP preformed guy grip temporarily goes on and comes off the guy wire in less than 10 seconds and the loop is already made for you. You don't need to put but about 3 wraps to have plenty of holding power to tighten them all you need with a come-a-long or whatever method you choose. I found this to be much easier for me than messing with cable grips.
73... Stan, K5GO
> On Dec 13, 2015, at 3:46 PM, Mitch <mskobier at charter.net> wrote:
> All, I have stacked many a section of Rohn 25, and the method I have
> settled upon is as follows.
> I actually use a set of Kline cable grips to grasp the cable, but any
> of the previously mentioned methods will work. I would be a bit leery
> of the vise grips, as the sharp edges in the jaws can knick the
> strands and cause a spot where the galvanization is damaged, leading
> to rust. Of course a quick shot of cold galvanizing spray will help repair the damage.
> I just use a cheap Harbor Freight ratchet strap hooked from the anchor
> point and whatever method you choose to use to grip the cable and pull
> it taught, then form the eye and clamp. I've tried the come-a-long and
> various other methods, and I have found that it is the simplest method
> for me. with the limited tension you are going to put on the guy wire
> while forming the eye, you can ever make up a pulling loop out of a
> piece of scrap wire cable, and use the saddle clamp to temporarily
> attach it to the guy wire. This gives you a nice attachment point for the ratchet strap hook to attach.
> Mitch KJ7JA
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