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Re: [TowerTalk] Mixing concrete for a base

To: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Mixing concrete for a base
From: "Jim Brown" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:41:39 -0800
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On Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:58:16 -0600, Blake Bowers wrote:

>but I think
>it would be difficult to finish 2.5 yards by hand, in a
>timely manner.  Such a pour should be done in one shot,
>that is going to be tough.

Well, the 2.5 yards is four pours as I count them -- the base and three guy 
anchors. Last summer, three friends helped me pour a Rohn 25 tower base by 
hand (1 yard), using a small mixer that one of them owned. The location of 
the tower made it impractical to pour from a truck. It took us about six 
hours with time off for lunch. We were careful to mix properly, and were 
able to achieve a good quality pour.  I think it would be quite feasible to 
do the base one day and the guy anchors another day (or two), but only with 
some husky guys helping. That's a lot of weight to be lifting. The tower 
base itself is two tons.  No sane person would do it himself to save money, 
but there are sometimes good reasons to do it yourself. 


Jim K9YC


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