Guy Strand

Generally used to reinforce and add stability to tall structures, guy strand consists of high-grade, galvanized steel woven into a 7-wire strand. Reinforcing everything from radio towers to wind turbines, this strand is available in a variety of diameters and is classified in one of five strengths (as shown below). Because guy strand is typically exposed to the elements in its various uses, it is coated with zinc to protect against corrosion. At it strongest specifications, guy strand is able to reinforce some of the tallest structures on earth.


  • Telephone poles
  • Cell phone towers
  • Radio broadcasting towers or masts
  • Wind turbines
  • Ship masts
  • Tents
Sizes:Diameter Range: 1/4 - 3/8 inch, with custom sizes available
Coating:Class A
Possible Strength grades:Utilities
High Strength
Extra High Strength
Advantages:Highly Resistant to Corrosion

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel related raw material products, including guy strand, PC strand, music wire, reinforcing products and more. We also facilitate purchase and shipment of high-quality recycled scrap products, including HMS 1 and 2, plate and structural steel, and a variety of non-ferrous scrap products. From our offices in Atlanta, we coordinate with our seven distribution facilities throughout the U.S., ensuring that you receive your shipment when you need it. Whatever your needs, we have the resources to provide consistently high-grade steel products, specializing in low-cost volume purchases direct from the manufacturer. To learn more about Madison Steel and the products and services we offer, please call us at 404-343-4855. We’d love to speak with you.

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire, guy strand and related products servicing a variety of industries nationwide. What is guy wire made of? Galvanized steel. Guy Wire is a cable or cables used to provide support to an antenna or antenna structure. Antenna guy wire is normally made of galvanized steel compared to antenna ground wire which is produced with aluminum wire and antenna wire which is made out of copper wire. What are the types of guy wires? Guy Wire, Hardware, & Anchors. Big Grip Dead Ends. Guy Wire End Sleeve Ice Clips. EHS Galvanized Guy Strand. Guy Wire Shackles. Guy Wire Turnbuckles. Guy Wire Clamps. Guy Wire Thimbles. How tight should guy wires be? Rohn specifies that guys should be tensioned to 10% of the breaking strength of the guy size that is recommended for a particular tower. One rule of thumb is 8% if the guy is out at 100% of tower height, 10% ifat 80% of tower height (standard Rohn drawings) and up to 15% if the anchor point is at 65% of tower height. Is the term guy wire or guide wire? The Guy Wire Name. Guy wire goes by several names. Some refer to it as guyed wire, others guy cable, and still others guy strand or guy anchors. People will also mistakenly refer to it as guide wire, when in fact the term is derived from the term guy, which is a rope, cable or cord used to steady, guide or secure. What is the difference between guy wire and stay wire? These wires are capable of sustaining the mechanical load. A stay wire manufacturer mostly deals in projects which are connected to the electricity industry. These are used to 'stay' the power poles and tower structures and hence it got its name. These are also commonly referred to as the “guy wire". How are guy wires installed? The guy wires are attached to the upper half of each mast section with a guy ring and clamp. The ring and clamp are fitted to the mast before the antenna is attached. The mast ends of the guy wires are run through holes in the guy ring. The wire then is wrapped around itself at least six times.

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Post Tensioning Institute
Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
Canadian Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute
National Precast Concrete Association