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Smart tensioning guy ropes

This general guide will show you how to effectively set the required length of the anchoring rope, tension it, and secure it for long-term installation.

The procedure is suitable both for the installation of simple masts and for large antenna systems with lattice towers.

  1. Unscrew the turnbuckle to the maximum length.
  2. Install the turnbuckle to the anchor.
  3. Thread the rope through the upper eye/thimble.
  4. Install the Loop Cleat Tensioner to its free end. Use CL234 for ropes 6 to 11 mm (1/4" to 1/2") or CL223 for ropes 3 to 6 mm (1/8" to 1/4").
  5. Set the required length of the anchor rope or adjust its length gradually. Advantageously, you can use a cleat tensioner, and its easy sliding on the rope. The procedure will differ depending on the method of installation of the mast/tower and guy ropes (lifting the folded mast from the ground, gradual extension of the telescopic mast, installation of the mast in parts, ...).
  6. In the working position (before the final tensioning), the tensioning part should look something like this:
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  7. After completing the adjustment, tension the rope with a cleat tensioner.
  8. Install the rope clamp and tighten it firmly:
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  9. You can now release the cleat tensioner and tie at least 2 safety knots (Double Half-hitch):
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  10. Tighten the knots firmly and secure the free end of the rope with cable tape (for ropes up to approx. 5 mm - 3/16 ") ropes or install a second securing clamp.
  11. Tighten the guy rope to the required tension using a turnbuckle:
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  12. Tighten the rope clamps firmly. If you use tensioners with lock nuts (like the jaw-jaw version on the picture), tighten these nuts as well.
  13. Before you begin, please read our articles Basic Instructions to Guy with Synthetic Ropes and Recommended Installation Procedure.

 

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