Guy Wire & Hardware
Guy wire and related components are designed to provide stability to towers, antennas, and other utility structures. The combination of high strength, lightweight design, and easy-to-add big grips, end sleeves, clamps, etc. offers a versatile and safe set up for a variety of applications, including antenna guy wire, telephone pole guy wire, utility pole guy wire jobs, and others that require high strength and high tension.
Also known as guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand, guy anchors, or even mistakenly called ''guide wire,'' this Extra High Strength (EHS) cable is available in two configurations: 1x7 (sizes range from 1/4'' up to 5/8'' in diameter), and 1x19 (sizes ranging from 11/16'' to 7/8''). This galvanized guy wire design is excellent for tensioning/guying applications because it has very little stretch, while the finish also provides protection from the elements over time. Guy wire provides high break strengths, without resulting in an overly heavy wire. It also allows users to easily and safely add big grip dead ends to create a strong, secure termination point. Our guy wires are sold by the foot, but custom lengths may be available by calling 800-404-7068.
Big Grip Dead Ends
Also sometimes called preforms, big grip dead ends are intended for use with EHS galvanized strands on antenna, communications, transmission, and other guyed structures that require high tensioning. A big grip dead end is for a single, one-time use, but it can reapplied up to two times within 90 days of first install, if the structure requires retensioning. Installing a big grip dead end usually does not require tools, and can be used with wire rope thimbles.
End sleeves are commonly known as ice clips in the industry, and are required in guy wire installation with big grip dead ends. Placing an end sleeve at the end will ensure the strands will not unravel over time. Our end sleeves are hot dipped galvanized for corrosion protection.
Drop Forged Wire Rope Clips Cable Clamps
Our drop forged wire rope clips are designed to clamp the loose end of wire rope after it has been looped back to form an eye. These wire rope fittings consist of a U-bolt and have a saddle that is secured in place by two nuts. Wire rope assemblies generally require at least two or three wire rope clips to properly secure the ends to the length of the wire rope. Manufactured in a heavy duty design that’s hot-dipped galvanized and then zinc-plated for extra corrosion protection. All meet Federal Specification FF-C-450 D.
A versatile component for connecting wire rope, as well as chain, slings, etc., these connecting links come in a huge variety of styles, sizes, and fabrications. Bolt Type Anchor Shacklesare the most common in guy wire applications due to their longevity in permanent or long-term uses. Our bolt type anchor shackles are galvanized, featuring a zinc oxide coating for protection against rust and corrosion.
Turnbuckles are constructed with a long sleeve with internal screw threads that accept a variety of fittings, and are used to pull guy anchors closer together or push them apart by turning the turnbuckle body. The most common turnbuckles used in guy wire applications are Jaw & Jaw Turnbuckles and Jaw & Eye Turnbuckles. Jaw & Jaw turnbuckles are also available in two types of stainless steel for wet or marine environments:Stainless Jaw & Jaw Turnbuckles and Stainless Forged Jaw & Jaw Turnbuckles.
A Wire Rope Thimble protects the eye or loop from wear and tear, and keeps it from being crushed. Wire rope thimbles are available in a light/regular standard duty fabrication, or in a heavy duty style for increased strength. Both styles are available in a zinc-plated metal for use in regular environmental conditions, and in a stainless steel for wet environments such as for marine applications.
For more information on guy wires and components, see our blog post “Why is it called a guy wire?” on our US Cargo Control blog.
Guy wire installation should be done only by experienced professionals. For information on Guy Wire installation, using a Guy Wire Calculator, regulatory issues, safety topics, and more, contact a professional in your area or visit The National Association of Tower Erectors
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