30ft Monolith

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30ft Monolith

Post by temptedfate » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:59 pm

Hi I'm thinking of creating a 30ft monolith for my camp, but I don't want to use guy wires. Any suggestions on what I can do to secure it? I have no background in structual engineering and do not know anyone who is experienced in this sort of thing. My main concern is the wind. It is to have a 4 sided frame of angle iron and have plywood panels covering the exterior. Any suggestions from experienced or knowledgeable people would be extremely helpful

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Post by ygmir » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:11 pm

one would guess you mean 30' tall?
if so, then, make it 45' wide both ways.....it should be fine..........

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Post by temptedfate » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:15 pm

45 feet wide both ways? what do you mean by that? I was hoping to make the base some where between 6 and 10 feet wide

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Post by Token » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:33 pm

Your monolith should have dimensional ratios of 1 x 4 x 9.

I recommend 3 x 12 x 27 feet if you want something close to 30' high.

Drive truck axles into the playa at angle and weld to that.

BTW, you really need allot of craft, skill and a structural engineer before you try something of this magnitude. Big stuff like that can kill people when it falls.

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Post by j_cavera » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:43 pm

Build it as a hollow frame, 60 feet high. Sink it 30 feet into the playa. Cover with a very porous and lightweight black fabric.

Or better yet, hire a structural engineer.

Or even better, just don't. Refer to previous post about killing someone.

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