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#6274113 - 04/25/16 06:47 AM Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP
TxHillCntry21 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/12
Posts: 141
Loc: Gillespie County
Headed to the lease this wknd to set up the new blind I built. 4x6 blind with a leg box on front. 6x6 platform base. Plan to put on 8ft legs. Looking for the best way to anchor the tower down. My problem is where I plan to stand it up is in the Hill Country on a ridge, lots of granite, so not sure how i'll be getting an auger down very far. Any suggestions before I tackle this project.
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#6274126 - 04/25/16 07:01 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
therock Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 800
Loc: Southwest TX
I just use rebar and drive it as deep as possible. Try to find a crack in the rock and the rebar will follow the crack. Put in as many as it takes to make you feel that it's secure. Sure easier than having to use rock drills !

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#6274218 - 04/25/16 08:15 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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Someone on here got a shopping cart, placed it underneath the blind and filled it with rocks. Then used steel cables at all four corners to secure it to the underside.
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#6274243 - 04/25/16 08:40 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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If the granite is hard enough, anchor bolts set in the rock with cables and turn buckles work very well.
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#6274307 - 04/25/16 09:24 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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any trees nearby that you can attach heavy wire/cable to for wind stability?
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#6274357 - 04/25/16 09:59 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxAg]
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Originally Posted By: TxAg
If the granite is hard enough, anchor bolts set in the rock with cables and turn buckles work very well.


X2

Hammer drill and some concrete anchors would bee good.
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#6274360 - 04/25/16 10:02 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
TxHillCntry21 Offline
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Registered: 09/26/12
Posts: 141
Loc: Gillespie County
was thinking of guide wires connected to trees, not sure of exact location but still might be an issue. Also though about cutting the top out of a tree and standing the tower over top of it. Then anchoring form the 4 corners of the platform, down to the middle in the stump.
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#6274369 - 04/25/16 10:07 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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Several ways. Hammer drill with concrete bit, tap cons , could use cut pieces of all thread and epoxy, hammer drill with 12" long x 5/8" concrete bit epoxy and rebar. You don't have to go real deep using the epoxy (Home Depot or Lowes, Ace Hardware). Use a thread eye hook in hole with epoxy.
Hope ideas help.

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#6274813 - 04/25/16 03:53 PM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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You can tie the blind down to any green bush, small tree etc. Be sure its still green! Guide wires from the four corners of the blind down to small trees and brush will hold it down in high winds.

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#6274859 - 04/25/16 04:49 PM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: Dalee7892]
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Loc: McKinney
Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Several ways. Hammer drill with concrete bit, tap cons , could use cut pieces of all thread and epoxy, hammer drill with 12" long x 5/8" concrete bit epoxy and rebar. You don't have to go real deep using the epoxy (Home Depot or Lowes, Ace Hardware). Use a thread eye hook in hole with epoxy.
Hope ideas help.


That sounds exhausting

You can take two cattle panels and bend them into a box, or we've build some 4'x4'x1' boxes with expanded metal with a chain in the middle. Fill it up with rocks or sacrete bags.
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#6280896 - 04/29/16 09:10 PM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
PWRANCH Offline
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Registered: 04/19/16
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Loc: San Angelo, TX
I would anchor to trees nearby or to the rock as suggested in other posts.
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#6284183 - 05/02/16 06:50 PM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
twinbubba Offline
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Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 2457
Loc: DFW
We had a lease in West Texas and faced the same challange as you did. Our solution was to buy a 52"x16' cattle panel (looks like hog wire), cut it into 5 pieces, leaving 8" long wire tines on one end of 4 pieces, used the square with no tines as the floor of the basket, heated the tines with a map gas torch and bent them around the floor piece, stood the 4 side pieces up and connected them with cable clamps then filled this basket up with rocks. Rocks are one thing we have plenty of in West Texas. I then put a U-shaped shackle on each corner of the basket and ran my cables from the shackles to the eye bolts at the top of the tower legs. We must have well over 600 pounds of rocks in the basket.

This was our solution.


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#6324014 - 06/05/16 05:05 PM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
Flashprism Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 346
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
I had my stands and tripods blow over several times tried anchoring with cables NG. I now drive T Post in about 2.5 feet at each corner and drive in heavy nail at each t post and wrap wire arround T post and nail no more problems

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#6326280 - 06/07/16 11:07 AM Re: Setting up a Tower Blind, HELP [Re: TxHillCntry21]
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Registered: 07/31/15
Posts: 427
We'll be setting up a couple tower blinds later this month. Has anybody tried using a set up that I have seen at some stand dealers in NW TX where they have taken 55 gal drums w/ open top, welded a 4-6" pipe or square steel tubing across the open top diameter leaving about 3-4 inches each side, place drum under stand, fill with rocks, sac-crete, water and place an auger ring or something to use as a tie down hook. Let it set up and then take a ratchet or
come-along and bind it down from bottom of your stand/riser to the tie-down you cemented in the barrel?

I've seen straight line winds blow over tower stands that were cable tied down from each corner to T posts driven deep into the rock ground. I've seen them also pull up green trees/bushes. Some really strong West TX winds.

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