This reminds me, a friend of mine did succeed in getting his concrete for
free by calling concrete companies 'til he found one willing to listen to
his pitch that he's a ham radio operator and was willing to wait for a truck
to be in his neighborhood, returning to the shop with leftovers. He was
ready with the hole dut, rebar in it, etc., they came by, filled up the
tower hole with concrete, all at no charge. It was a crankup so there was
just the base hole. He's a pretty good "talker," though, I must say. 73 -
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Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 12:11 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] tower cost
> if you can scrounge you can save money.
> i have a bit of an edge in that my dad drove a concrete truck when i was
> kid.i learned about mixing,pouring,etc. for a 3'x3' pour you're talking
> 30 bags from the local home place. you need a van or pick up truck.
> heavy bags out of a car trunk is rough and if you tear one.......
> you can mix 2 bags at a time in a larger wheel barrow. use a garden rake
> mix in the water. get a 'whipped cream' look to the mix before pouring it
> the hole. you can add too much water so add it a quart at a time to
> it from becoming 'soupy'. water rises out of wet concrete. after a 1/2 hr.
> so wipe the water off the top. if you don't have a trowl use any thing
> a tin can works wonders. after this trowling the surface looks a bit
> wet gray sand. that is the surface that will dry so if you want to add
> date or your call use a nail to write with.
> the concrete won't harden enough that you can't keep pouring each wheel
> barrow load on top of the last one in the hole. use a pipe or stick to
> poke the wet
> concrete layers to mix them as you pour. this will prevent layering. it
> take 60-90 mins to pour all you'll use for a 3'x3' hole.[apx 1 cu. yard]
> you poke it, it will blend just fine. this also allows trapped air pockets
> a few last items. the hotter the wx the faster it sets up so try to avoid
> days. or pour early or late in the day. of course on a rain free day!
> the bags will run apx $60-70 but cemet companies usually won't bring 1
> yard or less without a sur charge. in my local area they get $75 a yard
> a 2 yard minimum. if it takes you longer than their normal time to get it
> unloaded they charge 'waiting time'.
> this is usually a $1 or 2 a minute!!!!!!
> with a helper or 2 you can do it yourself and save $$$$$$$.
> REMEMBER: if the cement truck comes he has to wash out the empty drum and
> drain it out on site. that means a pile of stone and cement you must
> dispose of.
> neighbors frown on this stuff in their ditch or at the curb.this big boy
> weighs 80k lbs. so it can crush ashphalt in a heart beat. use 2x10s for
> him drive
> on if the soil is soft or you don't want something broken. concrete
> driveways are great for your car or truck but they can't support an 80k lb
> they'll crack one like an egg.
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with
> any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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