Reminds me of a commercial tower over near Melbourne, FL. The 400'+ tower
was built on a former landfill. In the first few years, the tower sank
several feet. The owner just kept tightening up the guys.
After he missed some mortgage payments, the land got repossessed. One
evening, an acquaintance he paid cut thru one of the guy anchors with a
hacksaw and brought the tower down. He claimed the tower wasn't a permanent
structure/fixture to the property since it was on a threaded rod pier pin
and there was no nut on the threaded rod...
Last I heard he was in prison for possession of some explosive devices that
he wanted to use against the people that foreclosed on him, but that's
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> One could put up a guyed tower on the base. With suitable guying (and
> anchors), even if it settles, it will still remain mostly upright.
> (I'm reminded of the Monty Python scene.. "When I first came here, this
> was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp,
> but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp.
> So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a
> third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But
> the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Son, the
> strongest castle in all of England.")
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