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Re: [TowerTalk] Grouting a New Tower?

To: "'Grant Saviers'" <>, "'Steve Jones'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grouting a New Tower?
From: "John E. Cleeve" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:20:55 -0000
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Good evening gentlemen,

        To add my comment from a generally rain soaked GM. I have just
installed a 60ft crank up Versatower FB 60, this tower has the base section
welded to the base plate. The tower sections are fabricated using tubular
vertical members and solid bracing. Where the tubular members are welded to
the base plate, a drain hole has been drilled through the base plate, at the
centre line of each of the three tube diameters, this will allow any rain
water, to drain out of the tubular vertical members and not accumulate over
time, with the subsequent risk of corrosion, although the tower has been hot
dipped galvanised. 

        The manufacturers installation instructions shows a fixing nut on
each screw stud which rises from the base block beneath the tower base, this
leaves about half an inch gap between the top of the concrete block and the
underside of the tower base plate and with no grouting. The base plate is
lowered onto the four studs/nuts and secured in place with more nuts.
Leaving a half inch gap beneath the tower base plate does make sense if
water is likely to drain out of the tower tubes onto the concrete base
block, where it can easily evaporate.

        Sincerely, John. G3JVC/GM3JVC.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Grant Saviers
Sent: 13 December 2011 20:59
To: Steve Jones;
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grouting a New Tower?

Have the same tower, I am wondering about the benefit of grouting, 
especially after taking down a TMM433 that had a lot of rust underneath 
the base plate as a result of the grouting.  My inspection of street 
light standards has been inconclusive 50/50 grout/no grout.  Same with 
cell towers with nuts under the base plates, mostly no grout.

Besides UST recommending it, why is it an advantage?

Grant  KZ1W

On 12/13/2011 11:48 AM, Steve Jones wrote:
> All-
> I recently put up a US Tower HDX-589 crank-up.  UST recommends grouting
> the space between the base plate and the top of the foundation block.  I
> have purchased the proper non-shrink construction grout and am getting
> to do the job.  But I'm concerned because I used this stuff to patch my
> house foundation before, and it sets up so quickly I'm not sure how much I
> should mix up at a time.
> Any suggestions?
> 73,
> Steve
> N6SJ
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