I would leave it alone....sounds like it is slightly oversized already....as
far as aesthetics goes - be prepared to form a "top" where the slab extends
above the ground....I would not pump any standing water out - I would let
the concrete displace the water - be prepared for the "run off" as it is
kicked out of the hole by the concrete.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 9:03 AM
Subject: [Towertalk] Hit water digging hole - advice?
> We dug the 5'x5'x6' hole for the tower Saturday and have the concrete
> coming Monday morning. QTH is south Florida, soil is a dark loamy
> consistency with plenty of sand content. The sides seem to be holding up
> and the moment . We didn't notice that we had hit the water table until
> were almost 6' down because it was just a trickle. I checked the hole
> morning and I've got a full foot of water in the bottom now. I'm worried
> the sides might start caving in between now and tomorrow. I figured I
> would pump out the water when the concrete truck gets here, but now I
> if I should try to keep pumping it out between now and Monday or just
> One thought is that if I pump out the water now, the spot water the water
> coming in might eat away at the sandy soil even more as it refills the
> the other thought is that I should pump it out now so it doesn't soften
> four sides and cause them to fall in. Obviously, any QUICK thoughts or
> suggestions would be most welcome.
> David, K4ZZR
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