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Thread: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

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    Default Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I'm retiring several pieces of 1x19 5/32 and 3/16" stainless standing rigging and my inner packrat won't let me toss them. Why should I listen to him?

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Definitely packrat.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I understand.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I'd give it to a scrap metal guy I know. He puts together roughly two ton loads for off-Cape recycling companies, depending on the metals. He has regular rounds of local garages, boatyards, fabrication shops, et cetera.

    But I've a friend who is using scrap rigging and cordage for various creative and ever expanding hand rails along paths and terraces.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Since it can be rolled and stored on an outdoors wall out of sight and mind and since you don't appear to know someone who wants it you have no choice Jim.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I've stashed wire from several different boats. I never do find a use for it. But maybe someday! Can't imagine what it would be tho....

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    It could be used for electric livestock fencing with the right insulators.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Short lengths for diagonal bracing on equipment shelves in the workshop.

    Same for diagonal support of large hinged shop doors.

    Longer lengths for middle & bottom "rails" on deck or stair railings.

    I need to build steel tube cradles that will fit in the front and rear hitch receivers of my truck so that I can carry long lengths of stuff like drainage pipe, tubing, and spars. and will need rigging wire & small turnbuckles to make stays for them.

    Lots of uses...
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Thanks Michael for giving me some cover.
    Is it OK to terminate 1x19 wire with incompressible or with ‘bulldog’ cable clamps?

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Well, you're not "supposed to" but I've used both bulldog clamps and nicopress sleeves on 1 X 19 wire. I think if the loads are low and failure isnt dangerous its ok.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I makes very good laundry lines. We have some coils here also that managed to avoid our trip last week to the metal scrap yard....

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    with a loop at each end you can lock up just about anything....

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    ...
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    I have the forestay from a Cape Dory Typhoon that my dad sold in 2005, plus a couple of jack lines from a boat he sold in 1990. I took them out of the garage when my parents sold their house and I hung onto them after moving myself 3 years ago. I also kept the forestay from my Drascombe Dabber after I replaced that. They don't take up much room.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    Trellis material for the raspberry beds.

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    Default Re: Retiring stainless standing rigging. Packrat or trash?

    We use it for guardrails on a bar cart we built.
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