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Re: [TowerTalk] (Repost) Engineering advice on above ground foundation

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] (Repost) Engineering advice on above ground foundation
From: Steve Maki <>
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 2009 03:23:55 -0400
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David Gilbert wrote:

> And what does your gut feeling tell you about the fluidity of the soil 
> under the base since you've never seen it?  That's what will determine 
> whether his tower tips over or not.  It isn't even possible to "do the 
> math" until someone checks out that soil.

Poor soil can be assumed. If it still looks adequate.....

> This whole discussion amazes me.  If any part of ham radio screams for 
> proper engineering, it is tower and antenna installation.  Why would 
> anyone invest that much money in a project involving health and safety 
> (i.e., liability) based upon "gut feel"?

Agreed, but it's already done. Analysis at this point is not "failure 

Steve K8LX


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