I was hanging some on stage monitors the other day when I came across a problem.
The wire rope thimbles I had bought for our 1/4" air craft cable were painfully narrow. We could not get our shackle pins through the eye of the thimble and had to attach them to an eye bold instead. While this solution actually worked better because we ended up attaching a turnbuckle so we could then make the exact adjustment that we needed for the speakers; it did get me thinking.
Was there a wider thimble that I could use that would be safe for overhead rigging? My supplier had no other selection in stock at the time. I checked my handy Crosby catalog and it was reveled that a "open pattern, hot dipped galvanized steel" was available for sale. Item G-408 for those of you in the know.
I thought I would ask you wiser rigging folks for your thoughts on the matter. I am planning on buying them but if they are unsafe or just not worth getting then I will pass.
Thanks so much,