[TowerTalk] Galling and seizing of SS nuts to SS threaded studs and bolts.

Roger (K8RI) on TT K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Mon Jul 3 05:23:13 EDT 2017

I have, or had? a 12" T handle about a foot long, but there us now a 
socket wrench that ratchets available in the big box stored and many 
hardware stores. I think the one brand is Cobalt. They seem well made 
and have a nice finish.

73, Roger (K8RI)

On 7/2/2017 Sunday 1:53 PM, Jim Thomson wrote:
> Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2017 09:29:36 -0400
> From: "Roger (K8RI) on TT" <K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net>
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Galling and seizing of SS nuts to SS threaded
> studs and bolts.
> <Easier than that. Just use Never seize
> <SS to SS under tension, or just tight fitting will have the nut bonding
> <to the bolt.
> <With no preventative You have to twist the bolt off.  That can be a real
> <knuckle buster with 3/8ths or 1/2". Been there, done that.
> <73, Roger (K8RI)
> ##  agreed.  I use the never seize  made by Loctite corp.   Looks like
> silver goop.   The deluxe version is called  marine grade never seize, also
> made by Loctite corp.
> ##  Where I had real bad issues with galling was when using .25-20  SS  bolts
> and mating SS  NYLOCKS.    The slightest nick or ding on either the SS threads
> of either the bolt threads ..or  SS Nut threads and they would seize up asap.  The nylock
> would bind and gall...and thats b4 the nut was even all the way down.  IE:  tiny air gap.
> Then I had to cut the bolt off.... behind the SS nylock... on the inboard side, where the gap
> lay...with a 1 inch cut off wheel on a dremel.    SS  bolts + regular  SS nuts....  IE : non nylocks
> have given me zero issues.
> ##  My fix for SS these days..is to..chase the threads with a die  1st..on the bolt. And
> ditto with a tap into the SS nylock threads.    Once both threads are cleaned up, then apply
> the never seize goop.... onto both bolt threads and Nylock nut threads.   End of problem.
> ##  absolute bitch  to try and run a die on a SS  U bolt though.   The ..T handle of the die gets in the
> way, since the U bolt is parallel  threads !   Best I can come up with is to ditch the T handle..and
> just screw the die onto the SS  bolt on both legs of the SS U bolts.
> ##  When buying or storing SS  hardware, keep them separated,  dont allow the SS threads  to get
> bashed about.   If down at your local hard ware store, examine the SS  hardware that u pull  out of the
> bins.... b4 you buy anything.   Avoid dinged up threads like the plague, or any minor, visible  imperfections.
> ##  You really should not have to be mucking about  with  SS  hardware up a tower in a lot of cases.    The
> SS  hardware, like .25-20,  for boom splices.... and  say 10-24 or  10-32  or  8-32  SS  hardware + SS
> nylocks..like if used for ele joint splices.... is all done on the ground..in advance.
> ##  If using the double plate scheme... aka.. easy on mount, like  F12  uses  to mount a boom to the mast, I would use
> galvanized  G-5  hardware to mate the 2 x al plates, which requires a total of 5 x bolts + 5 nuts.
> ##  I use the DXE jumbo super mast clamps to hold the Vert plate to the mast...and those use armor plated  G8
> bolts and nuts  etc.  Even on the galvanized hardware, I use either never seize.... or penetrox  on the threads.
> Jim  VE7RF
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Roger (K8RI)

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