[TowerTalk] Tower and Guy 'Hole' help

WA9ALS - John jfleming@shelbynet.net
Tue, 18 Jul 2000 23:04:23 -0500

First time tower project for me last summer.  I was able to get a 3-hr
rate on a Bobcat excavator
http://www.qsl.net/wa9als/towerpics/hole%201.jpg for $99 and set out to
dig a 4x4x4 hole for my Glen Martin 70 ft tower.  It was really easy -
By the time I got it squared up like I wanted, it ended up 5x5x5
http://www.qsl.net/wa9als/towerpics/Hole_Jul25_01%201.jpg  It was NOT
very difficult to keep from "scooping out" the top edges.  The Bobcat
has pretty "fine" controls!  A few months before I also rented a
Terramite http://www.qsl.net/wa9als/towerpics/Backhoe%202_2.jpg for
another project, but decided the Bobcat would be better for the base
hole because of its being easier to control.  GL - YMMV!  73
I haven't lost my mind - it's backed up on disk somewhere!
WA9ALS - John
     rig:  MARK-V FT-1000MP http://www.yaesu.com/markv.html
   email:  jfleming@shelbynet.net
homepage:  http://www.qsl.net/wa9als (now with Shack Cam!)
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----- Original Message -----
From: "blueglow" <blueglow@mindspring.com>
To: <towertalk@contesting.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 7:45 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower and Guy 'Hole' help

> Just getting ready to start my 50' Rohn 45G tower project and was
> what the best way is to dig the holes for the tower base and guy
anchors.  I
> plan on putting in the concrete type guy anchors and the pinned based
> I could go grab a shovel but thought I would try to work smart first.
I am
> open to renting a device such as a backhoe or whatever works best?

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