Bell Photographs.

Ernie Runciman bells at
Wed Feb 8 22:21:23 GMT 2006


That is exactly the problem.  

A very well know firm of bell hangers have replaced the crown staple 
bolts with stainless steel, as well as most of the bell/headstock 
bolts. The bell bolts are also coated. 

All bells also have a split washer on the crown staple so water can 
drain out, hence the rust streaks. 

The main problem is the weather conditions inside the tower (ie 
internally generated rain, etc)


--- In bellhistorians at, Jim Phillips 
<jim.phillipse9ox at ...> wrote:
> Jon wrote:-
> "(it is rust by the way, considering they've spent over 50 years
> in the tower, it's shocking the way they've been left to fall in
> to that state)."
> The rust is coming from the inside of the cast iron headstock
> caused by condensation within the hollow stock and evidences the
> high humidity of the area.  Personally I don't think it is too
> much to worry about and that much can be done about it now.  No
> doubt the installation is subject to a regular inspection and
> maintenance contract by a firm of qualified bellhangers who will
> examine the bolts holding the bell to the stock.
> However I do worry about the tubular steel frames installed in
> many towers for the millennium and since.  They will all be
> rusting from the inside out due to condensation and might soon
> be subject to failure.


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