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Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Complaints & backhoes
From: (Bob Wruble)
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 23:30:15 -0700
easy way to fill up backhoe holes is to use some 
big rocks and misc steel etc etc.....not just concrete...
that is u have access to big rock.....

i always use the hell out digging thru rocky
> From: John Brosnahan <>
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> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Complaints & backhoes
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> Date: Monday, June 23, 1997 6:38 PM
> >Hoo boy!  I went through that too...  Thought I was a big shot that
> >couldn't dig 3 holes..  I had a backhoe out here for another project and
> >asked him to dig the holes...  $1,200. bucks worth of concrete later, I
> >had tower bases!  Boy, will I ever dig in the future!  Those scoops are
> >ok for width, but the hole ends up WAY too long!
> >
> >Chuck, KE5FI
> A real artist of a backhoe operator can dig great holes, but most are
> in a big hurry--thinking more is better and do it the easy way.
> Which is why I trade my digging labor for making forms labor.  I use
> the backhoe for the digging and then form the holes--I now have 
> sets of forms to put up two large towers (200ft Rohn 55) at the 
> same time  --2 bases and 6 anchors and a second pair of sets for 
> smaller towers (160 ft Rohn 25 and 120 ft Rohn 45) --2 bases and
> 6 anchors.  They paid for themselves on concrete savings and
> the backhoe work saves my body for tower climbing.
> The tradeoffs may not be as obvious if you are just doing one tower.
> John  W0UN
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