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post #2 of Old 05-04-2001
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Testing the condition of bronze turnbuckles

If you want to do it yourself, there is an ink-like substance that will seek microcracks in hardware and define them. Use a loupe or a magnifying glass. The cracks show up as black or dark blue lines in the hardware. Call a rigging specialist and ask where you might get a little of the magic goo...but don''t forego the expertise of a rigging RIGGING surveyor if you have serious concerns. Many surveyors check for hooks, do an overview inspection but aren''t necessarily rigging experts....
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