Actually it's 4 J-bolts, but who's counting!
My tentative plan is a bit more devious. The current tower sits on
6 (three sets of two) channel-iron stubs (from old telephone
central office equipment rack) buried 4 feet into the concrete.
I have a 5/8" thick carbon-steel plate which I'm considering attaching
(probably weld) to those stubs. In this plate I would drill
a bolt pattern to match the bottom of the Wilson and insert four 1"
by 8" bolts pointing up, spot weld the bolt heads in place, excavate
a bit around the existing base, and bury the whole mess in another
half-yard of concrete (about 6" deep on top and the rest around the
outside of the existing block).
Maybe I should just dig a new hole!
Comments from the assembled guru's is invited.
Stu Greene wrote:
> I'm not an engineer, and I have trouble understanding how three long J
> bolts, necessary to secure the tower to the base, can be inserted into an
> existing block of reinforced concrete. Would the existing block, while
> structurally sound with the previous installation, maintain its stability
> if three one inch holes were drilled, bolts inserted, a bit of fresh
> concrete poured, and the Wilson erected?
> I'm conservative, Hans. Why not toss the question to the experts on
> TT...especially K7LXC.
> 73 Stu
> At 11:57 AM 07/09/1999 -0500, you wrote:
> >You asked if I was going to use my existing base to support the
> >Wilson tower.
> >Haven't decided yet, but sure hate to abandon 3 yards of concrete as
> >a hard spot in the back yard, then dig another hole in dried blue clay
> >to dump another 3 yards.
> >Got the impression you think I shouldn't use it. Care to comment why?
> >73, K0HB
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