[TowerTalk] Silo as a tower support?

Eugene Jensen eugenejensen at nyc.rr.com
Fri Sep 12 15:21:30 EDT 2008

I think you should consult with a PE before installing anything on this type 
of building. It just too many different design problems I can see. I think 
it be cheaper just to install a new base and the tower of choice and just 
say away from this can of worms so to speak. Best of luck. Gene K2QWD
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Palm" <thepalmhq at gmail.com>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 12:36 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Silo as a tower support?

> 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.
> 73,
> David
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