The design of the tower "toes" was carefully engineered by the tower
manufacture and shouldn't be arbitrarily changed. Structural changes
need to be made by a engineer or otherwise qualified individual.
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Subject: [Towertalk] 'Toes' of a tower concrete base
In preparing for the installation of my Rohn HDBX-48 tower I noticed
the concrete base diagram showed what I refer to as a 'toe'. That is,
hole for the base is rectangular -- something like 5' x 5' x5'.
the bottom 12" flared outward creating an "L-shape" when viewed
cross-sectionally -- similar to _| |_ . Being quick to draw
conclusions, I figured the 'toe section' called for in the diagram
additional leverage or strength. I compared this effect to that of
bolts (AKA 'hollow wall anchors'). Once pushed through the small hole,
'wings' spread out and provide strength against tipping or leaning.
Now that plans have changed to use two AN Wireless towers I've been
lots of questions about installation. I have been told that you can
eliminate this "L-shaped" area by simply making the hole rectangular.
dimensions, of course, would have to be increased in order to make the
vertical sides match what would have been the very outside edge of the
'toe'.) The reason for the 'toe section', I was told, is NOT mechanical
advantage or anything like that. It was to save on concrete costs.
concrete means less cost.
My question: Is this 'L-shape' essential to tower strength? If I
the horizontal dimension of the hole (to span the distance from left toe
edge to right toe edge), do I weaken the structure? Of course, this
WILL increase the mass of the concrete used in the base. It would be
easier, though, to dig the hole if all I need is a simple rectangular
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