How to Clamp Steel Wire Rope

Written by c.l. rease
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When clamping steel wire rope, there is a procedure to ensure that the clamped steel wire rope does not slide from the clamps. The steel wire rope clamp consists of four parts: a saddle, U-bolt and two hex nuts. Each part is critical to the overall performance of the clamp. Just as critical to the safety of the clamped steel wire rope is the amount of steel clamps used to secure the steel rope. The number and spacing of the cable clamps varies depending on the diameter of the wire rope.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cable clamp reference guide
  • Steel cable clamps
  • Socket set
  • Click-style torque wrench
  • Tape measure
  • Soapstone

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  1. 1

    Determine the diameter of the steel wire rope.

    Read the cable clamp reference guide to determine the number and spacing for the cable clamps. You will need to know the diameter of the steel wire rope prior to reading the reference guide.

  2. 2

    Loosen the two hex nuts of one cable clamp, slide the U-bolt out of the saddle and place the U-bolt onto the dead end of the wire rope. The dead end of the steel wire rope is the end of the wire rope that is cut.

  3. 3

    Slide the saddle back onto the U-bolt and hand-tighten the two hex nuts to the threads of the U-bolt.

  4. 4

    Place the cable clamp as recommended by the cable clamp reference guide.

  5. 5

    Select a socket from the socket set that fits the hex nuts and attach the socket to the click-style torque wrench.

  6. 6

    Set the torque on the click-style torque wrench as specified by the cable clamp manufacturer.

  7. 7

    Tighten each hex nut until you hear a click from the torque wrench.

  8. 8

    Measure the secured cable clamp with the tape measure and place a mark at the distance specified on the cable clamp reference guide with the soapstone.

  9. 9

    Move the tape measure to the soapstone mark and place another mark with the soapstone to locate the third cable clamp, if required. Repeat the process until you have all the cable clamp locations marked.

  10. 10

    Disassemble, mount and tighten each cable clamp as described for the first cable clamp to finish clamping the steel wire rope.

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