Generally used to reinforce and add stability to tall structures, guy strand consists of high grade, galvanized steel woven into a 7- wire strand. Guy strand is coated with zinc to protect the wire from corrosion caused from exposure to the elements. Guy Strand is used to add stability to structures in many different industries.
Guy Wire is used in conjunction with utility poles. Utility poles typically have enough strength to stand alone. It is the utility wires attached to the poles that make them unstable. Guy wire is put in place to add balance to the utility pole. Guy wire is often coated with an insulator to ensure dangerous voltages do not reach the ground. Reflective yellow casing is used to make guy wire more noticeable to the public.
The telecommunications industry commonly uses guy strand for cell phone towers. There are 5 different types of cell phone towers. A guy tower is basically a straight rod supported by wires that attach to the ground as support. Guy towers are the cheapest to construct, especially at heights of 300 ft and beyond. Some guyed towers reach as high as 2,000 ft.