There are special handling techniques that must be used when working with this fiberglass guy wire.
First of all, it is shipped in a 8 foot roll and must be used soon after arrival at the site, especially in hot weather. This is due to the fact that
the fiberglass and the resin that make up the fiberglass rod, when hot from the sun and coiled up in the roll, will separate and the resin cannot hold
the fibers together...it then breaks. Once installed and all forces on the rod are longitudinal, it reaches full strength.
While unwrapping the rod from its coil, be sure to wear gloves (to protect against small glass fibers) and safety goggles (to protect your eyes if the
coil gets out of control). Also, a minimum of two people should handle
the coiled roll since its natural shape is uncoiled and it will try to achieve that shape in a violent way if the end of the rod is
not controlled during uncoiling.
You should also be careful not to scrape the rod on anything sharp. The rod may be damaged if abrasive forces are applied to
it. The rod is indeed a "rod". It is not very flexible, just flexible enough.