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Antenna Systems & Solutions, Inc. is a stocking distributor of FAA approved tower paint. We stock the FAA Orange Tower Paint and the FAA White Tower Paint. Not sure what tower products you need? We are here to help. Feel free to contact us (or by phone 847-584-1000) for more information.
The FAA has developed a set of desired characteristics for latex tower paint. For example, the paint must tolerate exposure to sunlight. The FAA requirements are advisory. You can use any paint you want, but applying the wrong paint simply doubles your cost because the job has to be done again in a year or two.
You lose accuracy when your measurement is less than 20% or more than 80% of the range of the wrench. Before torqueing a fastener, ensure the threads are clean. Lubricate if required, but leave dry if the torque spec is for dry threads. Put the torque wrench to the rotating part (e.g., the nut), not the bolt.
Be sure you understand and correctly apply the torquing pattern for the particular assembly in which you're installing fasteners. If you don't know what that is, ask. Never tighten related fasteners one at a time; that's how you warp metal plates and cause other mechanical deficiencies.
Storage and calibration
A torque wrench that has a mechanical setting is compressing against a spring. That spring slowly loses calibration while it's compressed. If you store a torque wrench with the setting at anything other than zero, you lose accuracy for the next use.
When you take the torque wrench out, exercise it before first use. Also exercise between uses. To do this, run the torque setting up to your desired torque and then down to zero, then to the desired torque. If you get the wrench out only to see someone else (couldn't have been you) left it set at anything other than zero, exercise it five times and then leave it at zero. Set the wrench aside for an hour, then exercise it twice more before using it.
Your torque wrenches have a recommended calibration frequency. Observe this schedule, and plan ahead so the calibration can be done at at time when you don't need the wrench on a project. If someone drops a torque wrench, don't use it; send it out for calibration.
Siting and specifying a communications tower is a challenge. We are here to help. Feel free to contact us (or by phone 847-584-1000) for more information.
Drawings with the appropriate Professional Engineer state seals are always available to meet your local zoning ordinances.
Antenna Systems & Solutions, Inc. is proud to be a leading provider of communication towers, MET towers, radar towers, and monopole towers.
Our extensive inventory of guyed towers, monopole towers, self supporting towers, and radar towers allows us to ship immediately following a natural disaster.
Please take some time to read our Tower Safety page. This very informative resource may save your life.
It covers such areas as:
Mixing of products.
The National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, provides communications system installation requirements in Chapter 8. Other NEC Articles may also apply, especially those in Chapter 5. The IEEE provides many communications-related standards. If you go to the IEEE Website's Standards library and select "Communications" you will see these. It's a huge list, but only certain ones will apply to your specific application.
Some state and local authorities have additional state requirements. Check with the Authority Having Jurisdiction to determine which, if any, state and local requirements apply.
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