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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Base Round or Square?

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Base Round or Square?
From: K8RI on TT <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:11:44 -0400
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On 10/26/2011 1:28 PM, Richard Thorne wrote:
> I'm finally getting some dirt work done in the next day or two at my new
> place which will include holes/concrete for my 45g tower.
> I plan on using a pier pin install, so does it matter if the base is
> square or round?

No. I see the occasional self supporting cell tower that has a round 
base and some of those are pretty deep.  Typically contractors use 
straight sided, metal forms which is probably one of the reasons we see 
rectangular bases.

But those are self supporting.  The base for a guyed tower and 
particularly a pier pin install does very little in comparison. it has 
to be large enough to keep the tower base from moving to the side and 
wide enough to prevent the tower weight plus downward force from the 
guys and antennas to cause the base to sink in the particular soil.

As with self supporting towers the taller the tower the more important 
the base.


Roger (K8RI)

   The rohn book calls for a 2' 6" square hole 4' deep
> (I'm designing the tower based on 90mhp winds with a height of 120').
> It would be easier to use a 36" auger to dig the hole.  Since I'm going
> with a pier pin I don't see that there would be any twisting moments on
> the concrete base, it would only be there to hold the tower up.  But I'm
> not an engineer, hence the question.
> Thanks
> Rich - N5ZC
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