Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure free-standing structures. It is commonly used by professional tower erecting companies to install towers in the antenna, communications and utility industries.
The Guy Wire Name
Guy wire has many names. It is also known as guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand, and guy anchors. People also (mistakenly) call it guide wire. The name guy wire is derived from the term guy: defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide, or secure something.
Guy Wire Description
Guy wire is a tensioned cable that is both lightweight and strong. US Cargo Control extra high strength (EHS) guy wire meets ASTM A475, and is available in two types: 1×7 and 1×19, in several sizes. The galvanized finish protects it from outdoor elements. Guy wire is designed to work with several fittings and components making it ideal for many different uses.
Guy Wire Hardware
Big grip dead ends, also knowns as preforms, are used for high tensioning, often for antenna, communications, and transmission towers.
End sleeves, also known as ice clips, are needed when using big grip dead ends. They are used to prevent unraveling.
Drop forged wire rope clips are used to clamp the loose end of wire rope after forming an eye.
Shackles are used for connecting wire rope, chains, and slings. Bolt-type anchor shackles are often used in projects involving guy wire.
Thimbles are used to protect the eye or loop of wire rope.
Turnbuckles are a tool used to pull together or push apart guy anchors.
Guy Wire Installation
Guy wire installation is not a do-it-yourself job. It should only be done by experienced, trained professionals. Custom sizing and pricing are available for contractors and other large-volume customers. People with questions should call the US Cargo Control sales team at 800-660-3585 or email TowerProducts@USCargoControl.com.