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Re: [TowerTalk] Be Careful

To: "Pat Barthelow" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Be Careful
From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 14:51:00 -0500
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Many years ago we needed to cleanout the weep tile around the basement. 
Those who've seen my tower construction project photos know this area is 
heavy clay.

The crew dug out a strip all the way across the back of the house down to 
the bottom of the foundation. (That's deep). They came inside to tell me the 
work was finished and would I like to take a look at it.  When we went out 
there as a trench about 5' wide and about 2' deep. They had not dug out all 
the back fill which was sand. Fortunately no one was in the trench when it 
let go, but there were some long faces thinking about having to did all that 
out again. The next time they dug it all the way out to the clay. BTW they 
never did seem to realize what could have happened had they still been down 
there and not in a hurry to show me the progress.

Recently we added a egress window and were redoing the basement walls which 
had some bad cracks.  This time I had a contractor come in and they dug 
around the entire basement using heavy equipment much to the dismay of my 
yard...and wife. It's an old basement so they straightened the walls and 
reinforced them by putting in rerod and pouring the blocks full every few 

I took this opportunity to move the conduit bringing the coax into the 
basement from going through the basement wall to going into a NEMA 4 
enclosure. From there it comes straight through the end plate.  It's more 
convenient to work on and would be much easier to cover up some day. The 
trench is shown in the last photo on . One of the 
construction crew is coating the basemnt wall after they had put in new weep 
tile. He was a big man so it gives a good reference as to the size of the 
trench.  This page has a number of photos so it might take a while to load.


Roger (K8RI)

> Can confirm that. Just last week the local news focussed on a rescue of
> a worker,  from what appeared to be about a 5 ft hole, whose walls
> collapsed on the worker standing inside.  The on scene camera showed the
> extraction, and the report said that the victim became unconscious.
> This, even though the cave in only packed him in up to about his
> waist.   He survived, but  it was obvious from the pictures that it
> took a lot of rescue expertise and equipment,  Jacks, wall support
> boards, power digging gear,  and significant time to make the rescue.
> All the Best, 73,
> Pat Barthelow
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>> Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 20:52:51 -0800
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>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Be Careful
> One needs to use some caution working in holes of the depth for the
> crank up towers. Cave-ins can be dangerous even for depths like that.
> If you happen to be bending over and the dude comes in you may have
> literally dug your own grave.
> All the Best, 73,
> Pat Barthelow
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