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Why do the tension band bolt holes not line up properly when I install my tension bands?
Even if you slide the band down from the top of the post, the bands may need a slight squeezing to force the ends of the bands close enough for installing the bolt. In fact, it is a lot easier to squeeze all bands as you install them to make it easier to get the bolt and nut on later.
It is important to squeeze the ends together properly. I once worked with an installer who could put a band in the palm of one hand and strike it with the other hand in such a way as to force the two ends together just perfectly, before he slid them onto the post. Of course, by now he must have carpal tunnel so bad that he can't clap his hands together at all.
I opt for the easier way of installing the band first and squeezing them with my bare hands just properly to force the two ends together and at the same time lining up the bolt holes. The key is to bend both ends at the same time. The tendency is to bend one side more than the other and that's when the problem is created.
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