In a message dated 3/29/2011 2:25:10 AM Greenwich Standard Time,
For up to a 50 or 60' 25 G I just use dirt and a dirt base. It's a
guyed tower and all the base does it keep it from sinking or sliding
NOTE: not all soil is suitable for a "ground base"
That is a scary thought. Who determines what is "suitable" and how is it
determined by the layman. Compaction tests? Engineers? How acidic is the
soil? etc., etc, etc.? It sounds a lot easier and safer to dump ready mix
down the hole and do it right. 5 yds of ready mix (3000 lb) runs $80/yd
I've seen guys put a tower in dirt and a few years later it looks like
something I wouldn't climb. Leave a tower section laying on dirt a couple of
years in an average moisture location and you'll see what I mean. That's
why guys raise them off the ground when storing them.
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