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Re: [TowerTalk] Digging the Hole

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Digging the Hole
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 01:04:26 +0000
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From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
> > On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 3:38 PM, Bill Gaines AD8P <> wrote:
> >
> >> Some many months ago I either asked on this reflector or read on it
> >> about
> >> the particular piece of equipment some of you have used to dig a 3-1/2X
> >> 3-1/2X 7-1/2 deep hole for an LM-370 tower. I am at the point I can
> >> actually
> Probably a minority opinion here:
> I have dug by hand three holes that were only 3x3 feet across and 6 or 7
> ft deep.  I used a short handled spade, a small pick, a bucket,
> a small ladder, and a yardstick to measure 3 feet.  The last
> one was a virtually perfect 3x3x6; almost hated to pour concrete into
> it.  Exactly 2 yards did it.  BTW, this was dug through waterproof
> "cemented hard pan."  No rocks though.  The other 2 holes were dug through
> ordinary clay (watered first) but with rocks.
I borrowed a buddies gas powered post hole digger.. it has a 3 foot auger, 
punched holes in the area and shoveled the loose dirt out, then kept going 
deeper. I was way more easier than digging by hand and honestly was not too 
hard. I getting ready to plant a TX-455 and dig the hole the same way.


> Getting down to 7 1/2 feet may require a helper to pull the bucket
> up with a rope and help with the ladder.
> It can be done!
> If you want to use a machine, get a well digger truck with a 4 ft
> auger and make the holes a 4 ft circle.  They will be very accurate.
> Rick N6RK
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