Tech Tip: How can I use the 1200 lb Phillystran as a boom strut or mast guy cable?

04Aug16

Q: How can I use the 1200 lb Phillystran as a boom strut or mast guy cable and not use those Nicopress crimp things?

A: Phillystran is a “professional” product, and as such, they do not provide complete detailed installation documents. They presume you know what you’re doing, or that you’d hire someone who does.

That said, there’s really no difference in installing clamps on Phillystran.

You should use a minimum of three, and the saddles go on the “live” side, while U-bolts go on the “dead” side. Use end caps on the Phillystran to keep moisture out. This illustration uses rope to make the point of how this sort of termination is completed:

Phillystran end caps

To attach a turnbuckle, you’d use a thimble through the eye of the turnbuckle, wrap the Phillystran around it, and use the three clamps – just like any other termination. Or, four clamps (Note the end cap in the photo below):

Phillystran clamps

Safety first!

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