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#6891305 - 09/18/17 05:19 PM Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil
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Got the new penthouse up on a tower this weekend. (That's not me, that's the poor guy who happened to be at the lease same time I was. smile ) What are you guys in rocky soil doing to anchor them? I don't think I'd be too successful trying to spin a mobile home hanger down too far.



Lesson learned... NEVER lay your wood on the ground where there's prickly pear. I had freakin' pokies (those little small bastards) all over me that I guess we picked up from working with, rubbing on, etc the wood while finishing up the tower.
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#6891386 - 09/18/17 06:30 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Use a hammer drill with concrete bit, size depends on anchor system. Use a piece of all thread 6-8" long, drill rock, clean out hole with brush, squirt epoxy in hole, push in all thread, leave about 3/4" sticking out, screw on eye bolt, attach cables to blind and eye bolt.
I would use 5/8" or 3/4" all thread. If use 5/8" drill 3/4" hole, if use 3/4" drill 7/8" hole.

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#6891480 - 09/18/17 07:42 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Trees where available

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#6891757 - 09/19/17 05:18 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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This was our solution on a very rocky lease in Young Co. The basket was made out of one 16' hog panel.


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#6891949 - 09/19/17 08:52 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Rocks in a 55 gal drum also works well. Make a metal plate that fits inside the bottom with an eye on it to tie cable to. Fill with large rocks.

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#6892026 - 09/19/17 10:11 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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is it solid rock (drilling with hammer drill, use long lag bolts), large rocks under the surface or caliche type ... can you drive a T-post or heavy rebar?
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#6892028 - 09/19/17 10:12 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I would put a wire from one corner to those trees. Then I would try and drive a steel post somewhere in those rocks!

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#6892425 - 09/19/17 02:54 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Bubba, I'm just down the road from you a few miles from PK lake.

I have access to a VERY large boulder pile from a failed well attempt. I'm thinking the barrel,basket thing might be the ticket.

Do ya'll think the frame one of those 240 gallon water totes is strong enough?
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#6892597 - 09/19/17 05:28 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: txbobcat]
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Originally Posted By: txbobcat
Rocks in a 55 gal drum also works well. Make a metal plate that fits inside the bottom with an eye on it to tie cable to. Fill with large rocks.


I like that one
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#6901281 - 09/27/17 04:49 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Never thought of rocks... good idea

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#6901353 - 09/27/17 05:42 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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If life gives you lemons (rocks) make lemon aid (piles of rocks). confused2
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#6901958 - 09/28/17 08:56 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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My property is rocky so the auger anchors that usually come with the anchor kits were useless. I took some 18" square cinder blocks, drilled a hole in the center, bolted in a threaded eye bolt and attached it to the anchor cable turnbuckle. I adjusted the turnbuckle so that the cinder block just rested on the ground. I then gathered large rocks and piled them around the cinder block. This is similar to the basket setup, just no basket. Works fine. My blinds are only on 5' towers so the smaller pile works well. Humping those rocks gives you a nice workout. Beer required after it was done.


Edited by FayetteCo (09/28/17 08:58 AM)

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#6901976 - 09/28/17 09:03 AM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: twinbubba]
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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
This was our solution on a very rocky lease in Young Co. The basket was made out of one 16' hog panel.




Looks good, but is that blind right on the fence line?
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#6903740 - 09/29/17 07:01 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: twinbubba]
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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
This was our solution on a very rocky lease in Young Co. The basket was made out of one 16' hog panel.


good idea
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#6904358 - 09/30/17 05:50 PM Re: Elevated blind anchoring in rocky soil [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Originally Posted By: CharlieCTx
Bubba, I'm just down the road from you a few miles from PK lake.

I have access to a VERY large boulder pile from a failed well attempt. I'm thinking the barrel,basket thing might be the ticket.

Do ya'll think the frame one of those 240 gallon water totes is strong enough?



The cage on a water tote is plenty strong enough for that.

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