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Re: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 19:54:03 +0000
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Let me toss this out for consideration. I too have the situation where I need
a large hole for an LM-470 base.
I thought about contacting a "Tree Planter" and getting him to use his big
Auger to bore the hole for the base. I don't think it makes much difference
if the hole is round or square as long as the same amount of concrete is
Or am I totally off base here ??
73, Dick, W1KSZ

> Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 14:46:02 -0400> From:> To: 
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower 
> footing> > Hi,> > I am in the process of trying to find a excavator to dig 
> the footing> for my HDX572 tower. To the 5 people I've talked to so far, 
> this> 5x5x8 hole is difficult. I think mostly because none of them have a> 
> small enough backhoe. Most of them want to dig a big hole and have me> pour 
> into a concrete form and backfill later.> > They claim they can backfill and 
> bring the soil back into> "undisturbed" condition around the footing by 
> compaction - even> claiming that this might be more reliable than just 
> digging a hole> just to the size I need.> > I am lining a couple people up 
> for estimates, but I think this already> sounds like the are trying to wring 
> a couple days of work out of this> - maybe I am wrong here. I have even have 
> one person decline giving an> estimate altogether. Should this be an easy 
> task for a skilled person> 
 to dig on a mini-excavator? I was told that if the hole is deeper than> 4', 
that no person can enter it unless walls are built up.> > Any ideas?> > -Scott, 
WU2X> _______________________________________________> > > > 
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