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Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 12:22:49 -0400
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        I think that everybody is forgetting that when you pour a base that
you should have approximately 6" to 12" of crushed rock at the bottom of 
the hole.

        This becomes a "DRY-WELL". 

        Under normal weather condx, the amount of moisture seeping into the 
base hole is minimal, and the DRY-WELL should take care of the water and 
dispense it slowly back into the soil.  Under heavy weather condx or 
continual flooding, if you live in an area as such, then you might want 
to install a SUMP-PUMP to extract the excess water.

        My $.02

        73, de Howard W3CQH

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Now What?
Author:  Malcolm Clark <> at Internet-E-Mail
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Date:    4/14/98 11:45 AM

K7LXC wrote:
> >  I know have questions about my original Idea. > 
>  Being a renter and a Ham I am a bit challenged.
> >   I am planning a tower install sometime this year, and have been doing lots
> >  of reading and asking questions. Up to this point my thought was to just
> >  dig a great big hole and fill it with concrete and hope like hell the 
> >  Landlords did not find out how deep it was.
>      Pour the concrete so that it is below grade and cover it with dirt when
> you leave. In the worst case, you can rent an electric jackhammer and take out
> all or most of the concrete when you move.
What happened to the LXC prime directive????  The Rohn specs for concrete 
bases for bracketed, freestanding, and guyed towers call for at least 
four inches of the base to be above grade.  They also require the top of 
the base outside the bolt circle (or equivalent for an imbedded base) to 
be sloped for drainage.  Any base poured below grade is effectively going 
to become the bottom of a catch basin when it rains! Not the best way to 
mitigate corrosion.
Malcolm KR4HP
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