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School Of Hard Knock
Posted 5/25/2011 01:27 (#1790644)
Subject: Right way to clamp a steel cable end?


just a tish NE of central ND
Which is the right way to clamp a loop on the end of a steel tow cable? Should the threaded ends of the u clamp bolt go on the long cable side of the loop and the smooth part of the u bolt on the short side of the loop? or threaded u bolt sticking out the short side of the loop so the sharp edges of the clamp dig into the short and the u part of the bolt on the long side??That way the smooth side would just pull the lop tighter if it slips a bit? Or should there be at least one in the opposite direction of any other one in the splice?
Clear as mud?
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Ben D, N CA
Posted 5/25/2011 01:38 (#1790648 - in reply to #1790644)
Subject: RE: Right way to clamp a steel cable end?



Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
I was always told to "never saddle a dead horse", as in the saddle goes against the live (long) end.
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JohnW
Posted 5/25/2011 02:10 (#1790669 - in reply to #1790648)
Subject: RE: Right way to clamp a steel cable end?


NW Washington
Here a paste in from Wiki which backs up Ben's post.

"There is an old adage which has over time became the rule; when installing clamps to secure the loop at the end of your wire rope make sure you do not "saddle a dead horse." The saddle portion of the clamp assembly is placed and tightened on the opposite side of the terminal end of the cable (the load-bearing or live end). According to the US Navy Manual S9086-UU-STM-010, Chapter 613R3, Wire and Fiber Rope and Rigging, "This is to protect the live or stress-bearing end of the rope against crushing and abuse. The flat bearing seat and extended prongs of the body (saddle) are designed to protect the rope and are always placed against the live end."[3] The US Navy and most regulatory bodies do not recommend the use of such clips as permanent terminations."
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Indianajones
Posted 5/25/2011 05:47 (#1790706 - in reply to #1790644)
Subject: RE: Right way to clamp a steel cable end?



I was taught by a crain operator to "never saddle a dead horse".
INDY
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easymoney
Posted 5/25/2011 08:52 (#1790900 - in reply to #1790644)
Subject: Re: Right way to clamp a steel cable end?


ecmn
flemish eye is the only way to do it, then the tail you can put a clamp if you feel you need to. then use shackles to connect the choker to the item.

it takes 10 minutes to tie the eyes and they are stronger then clamps.

if you go with clamps.
never saddle a dead horse is correct. space them out some and use more than just one clamp. use 3 clamps minnimum
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