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 Author| Post time: 2016-07-20 09:53:46
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Edited by mux22 at 2016-07-20 09:56

I used to live in Kansas too and I can say we have not seen near the wind here that I had in Kansas.  I was actually born and raised in Nebraska and the weather there is about the same as Kansas.  We don't get near the wind here but due to all the rain the ground is very soft.  So I agree I need to bury the post as deep as possible.  

So with my dish being pointed 47.5 degrees How deep can I go? I spent a lot of time in Charlotte, NC and know the most it snows here is 2 times a year at most and normally gone within a few hours.   
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Post time: 2016-07-20 17:06:18
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Considering that your pole is 9 1/2', I would go as 4' deep just to allow for a slight ground coverage.
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 Author| Post time: 2016-08-08 10:07:03
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I finally got the hole dug.  I went 4 foot I was going to going to go another half a foot just for good measure but I hit water and it was like trying to eat soup with a fork.  I went through 2 foot of good soil, a foot of clay, and foot of sand and clay.  
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Post time: 2016-08-08 10:39:05
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Edited by Bow at 2016-08-08 10:50

Water at 4FT???      --  I hope you don't have a basement or if you do that you have a good water pump.    You need to make sure the hole diameter is at least 2-3 times as wide as the pole so you can get plenty of concrete around it., 5-7 bags of concrete and fill the hole to or just above the ground surface.      Tamp the mixed concrete down with a piece of 2x4 (to pack it in) as you fill the hole and make sure the pole stays perfectly verticle.    Outtyrox posted some great photos on his BUD post installation, sorry if you've heard this all before but if the pole is leaning it will throw the dish off on the Satellite Arc.
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 Author| Post time: 2016-08-09 03:09:01
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Yes water at 4 foot.  I am only a few blocks from a bay.  There are not many basements in this area.  If you do happen to find a basement here it really isn't a basement it is basically an excavated incline
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 Author| Post time: 2016-08-09 04:53:28
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I plan on using some 2x4's to brace the pole vertical while pouring the concrete and while the concrete is setting up.
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Post time: 2016-08-09 08:28:22
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Edited by Bow at 2016-08-09 08:31
mux22 2016-08-09 04:53
I plan on using some 2x4's to brace the pole vertical while pouring the concrete and while the concr ...

You won't really need to brace the pole at all, ram the pole into the bottom of the hole a couple times should make it sit up fairly straight and then mix and pour in a couple bags of concrete (get the good stuff with gravel mixed into it) and use one of those round magnetized levels like Outtyrox showed on his pole in one of his pictures and move the level all the way around (check all four directions) after each sack of concrete is added and tamped down to make sure the pole is staying straight vertical.    As long as nobody pushes on the pole or hits it with a car, etc.  

By the time you are done pouring in the last couple sacks of concrete to finish filling the hole to the ground level the first sacks of concrete in the bottom should already be started getting hard (it has chemicals in it to help it set up quickly), wait a couple days (48 hours) before you hang the dish though to make sure the concrete is good and hard all the way through.

Good Luck !!!

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 Author| Post time: 2016-08-15 10:22:38
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My pole is officially in the ground.  I did not cement clear to the top because someday I am sure I will want to remove this and I will be able to dig down below the surface and cut is off and cover back with dirt.
I will begin putting it together this coming weekend.
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