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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Legs
From: K8RI <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 04:16:53 -0500
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On 12/23/2011 2:03 AM, Grant Saviers wrote:
> I just put in Ufers in a perimeter foundation.  According to code here
> they need to be a 20' long rebar less the stub out and tied to the other
> rebar (4 x #5 x 262' in my case).  #4 (1/2") was used for the stub 20'
> and I think it would take quite a strike to vaporize it.  For my tower,
> I welded rebar all around at two levels to the 6 x 1 1/8" anchor bolts,
> mainly to keep them in place during the pour (K7LXC idea).  That cage is
> also wired to the structural cage, making a Ufer out of the concrete
> tower base, which has about 250 sq ft of contact area with wet ground.
> In a prior thread the concrete/wire damage issue was covered - what
> should be avoided is short paths through the concrete between
> conductors, think resistors.  If the rebars are spaced then there is a
> lot of concrete to handle the current = lower power density.  Otherwise,
> tie or tack weld them together (if the inspector allows that).
> b.t.w. today my electrician told me the NEC now requires GFI's on ALL AC
> outlets above uncovered concrete floors.  A real $$ and maintenance
> pain, but note the thinking about how conductive concrete really is.
What we did (at the suggestion of the inspector) was to use a GFI for 
the first outlet. All subsequent outlets on that circuit fed through 
that sensor.
This gave us the equivalent of a circuit with a GFI without having to 
spend the big bucks for a GFI breaker, yet the entire circuit is 
protected via GFI.
I hope they still allow that.


Roger (K8RI)


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