[TowerTalk] Tower Guy Anchors

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Fri Nov 8 21:19:07 EST 2013

Some screw anchors are pretty heavy duty and could easily hold an 80' ft 
Rohn 45G tower. I imagine that you need some machinery to properly screw 
them in and the pullout resistance should be tested.  I would not use the 
farm store screw in anchors.

John KK9A

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Subject:Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Guy Anchors
From:"Edward Sawyer" <SawyerEd at Earthlink.net>
Date:Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:06:34 -0500
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70 - 80 feet of 45G using screw anchors in ANY soil would give me the

If its "screw anchor" worthy of a load, then why not use 25G?  If it needs
45G then, in my opinion, there is no business considering screw anchors.
Save your engineering money if its truly a 45G worthy load.

Ultimately, the proper anchor needs to withstand the pulling expectation of
the tower guy,  This, in its simplest form, can be a heavy enough piece of
reinforced concrete that just sitting on the surface provides enough weight
to accomplish the job.  Usually, the block buried in the ground is much
smaller and uses soil resistance and soil weight on the top of it to provide
some of the strength.

With that said, if I was seeing water filling in my anchor holes at the 18
inch level, I would assume that there was NO ground strength and either look
to find rock down deeper to drill into and cement in anchor bolts or use a
cement block big enough to provide enough strength through weight alone.


Ed  N1UR

Built a lot of towers and an EE but certainly not a Civil/Mechanical PE. 

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