Originally Posted by Zednotzee
So my forestay is too long. Both the forestay & backstay turnbuckles are bottomed out, & I can't get the tension I need. Everything is rigged with Sta-lok or Norseman fittings.
What can I use to cut 9/32" 1x19 stainless wire? Would a grinder with a cutting disk work, or would that splay the wires out?
Use a fine tooth hacksaw blade. Use a good blade likena Starrett and not that lead painted Chinese crap. Tape the soon to be ends. I use a lump of wood drilled oversize to the wire. Cut in half and clamp or place in vice. The wood block avoids you introduce any nicks or scratches.
I also use pvc gutter to lay the wire in. That way ytou dont pick up any grit or contaminants. Thats what leads to rust spots.
If you use a disk then use clean new cutting disk not a grinding disk. Use a new one not one contaminated with iron or grit.
I prefer not to use a grinder. 316L is mostly immune to carbide precipitation. But I prefer not to thermally work wire. If you inadvertently introduce contaminants then its corrosion
resistance in sea water
degrades. As you cant inspect a stalok or crimped joint you can never be sure.
When working with stainless your tools, the stainless and work surfaces should all be clean enough to eat off.
If the wire has stretched replace it. Have you root caused the reason it got longer?
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