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Why is it Called Guy Wire?

Why is it Called Guy Wire?

Ever wonder where the name "guy wire" came from? If you're unfamiliar with this product, don't worry - you've probably seen this product in use. This type of wire cable is crucial to maintaining structures, and it works best in other applications requiring tension and strength.

Guy wire stabilizes and secures free-standing structures. In other words, professional tower erecting companies use this product to install towers in the antenna, communications and utility industries.  

Guy wire has many names: guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand, and guy anchors. People also (mistakenly) call it guide wire, as the name is derived from the term guy: defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.

What is Guy Wire?

Galvanized Guy Strand 1x7 and 1x19

Galvanized Guy Strand 1x7 and 1x19

Twis type of wire is a tensioned cable that is both lightweight and strong. US Cargo Control extra high strength guy wire meets ASTM A475, and is available in two types: 1x7 and 1x19, in several sizes. The galvanized finish protects it from outdoor elements. It works with several fittings and components making it ideal for many different uses.

Guy Wire Hardware


Big Grip Dead Ends for Galvanized Strand

Big grip dead ends, also knowns as preforms, work in high tensioning situations, often for antenna, communications, and transmission towers.

End sleeves, also known as ice clips, work when using big grip dead ends and help prevent unraveling from happening.

End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends

End Sleeve Ice Clips for Big Grip Dead Ends

Drop forged wire rope clips clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.

Similarly, shackles work to connect wire rope, chains, and slings. Bolt-type anchor shackles work best in projects involving this wire.

Thimbles protect the eye or loop of wire rope.

Turnbuckles help to pull together or push apart guy anchors.

Guy Wire Installation

This kind of installation is not a do-it-yourself job. Call a professional or those experienced and trained with installing this product to help you get started. Custom sizing and pricing are available for contractors and other large-volume customers.


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