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Re: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 14:05:56 -0600
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When I contacted a local PE (Heber City, UT) regarding my tower base he asked 
how I was going to dig the hole. I told him I would use a large auger and then 
square it up. His reply was in effect, good because there isn't any way you're 
going to do one that size with a backhoe and keep undisturbed soil. He was more 
concerned about keeping the soil undisturbed than about the size, rebar, or 
whatever else. In other words, no backfilling.
K7MEI, Brent

> From:> To:> Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 
> 19:54:03 +0000> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing> > 
> Let me toss this out for consideration. I too have the situation where I 
> need> a large hole for an LM-470 base.> > I thought about contacting a "Tree 
> Planter" and getting him to use his big> Auger to bore the hole for the base. 
> I don't think it makes much difference> if the hole is round or square as 
> long as the same amount of concrete is> used.> > Or am I totally off base 
> here ??> > 73, Dick, W1KSZ> > > > > Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 14:46:02 -0400> 
> From:> To:> Subject: [TowerTalk] 
> Digging a 5'x5'x8' tower footing> > Hi,> > I am in the process of trying to 
> find a excavator to dig the footing> for my HDX572 tower. To the 5 people 
> I've talked to so far, this> 5x5x8 hole is difficult. I think mostly because 
> none of them have a> small enough backhoe. Most of them want to dig a big 
> hole and hav
 e me> pour into a concrete form and backfill later.> > They claim they can 
backfill and bring the soil back into> "undisturbed" condition around the 
footing by compaction - even> claiming that this might be more reliable than 
just digging a hole> just to the size I need.> > I am lining a couple people up 
for estimates, but I think this already> sounds like the are trying to wring a 
couple days of work out of this> - maybe I am wrong here. I have even have one 
person decline giving an> estimate altogether. Should this be an easy task for 
a skilled person> > to dig on a mini-excavator? I was told that if the hole is 
deeper than> 4', that no person can enter it unless walls are built up.> > Any 
ideas?> > -Scott, WU2X> _______________________________________________> > > > 
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