[TowerTalk] Silo as a tower support?

David Palm thepalmhq at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 12:36:38 EDT 2008

Hello all,

This is my first post to the group.  I have a silo that's 60 feet tall, with
a 10 foot aluminum cap on top of that.  I keep wondering whether it couldn't
be used to help support a tower.  I have two ideas:

1) Put the tower in the center and have it exit the cap and extend, say, 30
feet above that (guyed, of course).  At least there would be no wind-load
for the first 70 feet (although I understand that the major wind-load is
from the top.  The silo sits on a huge concrete pad.  Is there any way to
drill into that for a tower anchor, or would one have to actually break
through that to pour a new footing for a tower.

2) Put the tower alongside the silo and bracket it at 60 feet, the top of
the concrete part of the silo.

Any cautions, suggests, or modifications would be appreciated.



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