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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
From: Alan NV8A <>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 20:00:30 -0400
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I don't remember the depth and can't put my hands on the drawings for my 
HDX-555 tower, but the contractor used a large augur then squared the 
hole (sort of) by hand. He ended up using 9 yards of concrete instead of 
6 1/2, but I still paid the price he quoted originally.

It didn't register at the time, but he did climb right down into the 
hole, which was probably not OK, but I assumed that he knew what he was 
doing, since he works with concrete all day.


Alan NV8A

On 05/12/08 02:46 pm Scott McClements wrote:

> 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.


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