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Subject: [TowerTalk] Pouring concrete
From: (Dave N6NZ)
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 21:42:34 -0700
Pump it.  Hire the rig and operator.  Slick, quick, and zero strain on your 

At 02:04 PM 4/8/01 -0500, N9EN@VOYAGER.NET wrote:
>This summer, I am going to finish the installation of some
>heavy-duty guy anchors for my two "short" Rohn 25G
>towers (62' & 68'). Last summer, I dug 6 holes (by hand)
>that were 3' square by 4' deep. I ran out of time before
>the snow started to fall and didn't get the ground slotted
>to allow the anchor rods to come out of the ground at the
>proper angle, nor did I get the re-bar assemblies made up
>and installed. I hope to have all of that done in the next
>few weeks, weather permitting.
>I'm going to have 1/2 cubic yard of concrete in each hole,
>for a total of 3 cubic yards of concrete. I don't want a
>cement truck driving all over my lawn, creating deep ruts
>from the weight of it and was trying to come up with some
>practical alternatives.
>A friend of mine has a heavy-duty contractors' wheelbarrow
>that he has offered to let me borrow. But I have no idea of
>how many "trips" it would take to wheel all that concrete.
>My driveway is 100' long and if the truck were to remain
>parked in the road at the end of the driveway, that would
>be a lot of trips, I'm guessing.
>I've thought about employing the use of an "Agri-Fab"
>utility cart that I can pull behind my garden tractor. The
>specifications for the cart say that it has a capacity of
>1,200 lbs. (it has a 10 cu. ft. capacity). The specs also
>say that a cubic foot of dirt weighs approximately 150
>pounds and I've loaded that cart with dirt until it would
>hold no more dirt.
>I thought about the possibility of filling the cart 1/2 way
>with concrete & hauling it to the holes in that manner. I
>made a heavier-duty "tailgate" for it, using 14 gauge
>steel, that simply lifts up out of the channels that it is
>mounted in. But I was wondering how difficult it would
>be to lift up with the cart partially filled with concrete.
>I also thought about using 5-gallon plastic buckets and
>using the cart to transport the buckets to the various
>holes & then emptying out the buckets by hand, after I
>got them to the hole locations.
>Around here, the cement truck drivers' time is at a pre-
>mium and I don't know how much time I would be allowed
>for the 3 cubic yards of concrete. I'm just looking for the
>easiest way to get this done and not waste too much of
>the driver's time.
>Any comments or suggestions on this would be apprecia-
>ted. Thank you very much.
>73 de Brad, N9EN (ex-KA9LTR)
>at  Radio Free Roscoe (IL)
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