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Old 09-09-2019, 10:01 PM   #61
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Is that the thing that taught monkeys to use tools in 2001: A Space Odyssey?


"My God! It's full of stars!"
I wanted to call it a monolith but it would need to be vertical to be called that.

The base is just about 7’ x14’
20 tons of compacted lime rock
1200 lbs of rebar
7 yards of concrete
3,500 lb generator

I’m calculating just under 40,000 lbs that’s going to roost in that spot.
They are required to plant Buddhist pine on the two sides exposed to the street.
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Does it sit on a belly tank? You should have enough mass there to keep an empty tank from floating away, provided you anchor it sufficiently.
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Does it sit on a belly tank? You should have enough mass there to keep an empty tank from floating away, provided you anchor it sufficiently.
They wanted NG. If it were diesel, the tank could have been used as an elevated pad. We only see these slugs of concrete when they are gas units.
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They are required to plant Buddhist pine on the two sides exposed to the street.
I would carve the ten commandments in the side of that monolith just so the western religions are getting equal time.
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I would carve the ten commandments in the side of that monolith just so the western religions are getting equal time.
Moses would have to eat his Wheaties to get that thing down the mountain.
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Moses would have to eat his Wheaties to get that thing down the mountain.
You're right. Maybe a picture of Thor killing an ice giant.
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I am surprised the forms did not fall over. that guy used the vibrator way to much.....just need to give is a short shot.
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He didn't really use the vibrator overly, the issue was the driver had the drum at nearly full discharge and trapped air against the form work. Our drivers would about fight to get a load like that, easy and no hassle, just discharge toward the middle and let the finishers do the work. Most of our drivers would likely be on the bull float right behind the screed board then grab the edger just to help out [and possibly a $10-$20 tip].
Once you get your first concrete delivery from out of a front discharge mixer, you'll never want to fool with a rear again.
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Thar she blows, in all her glory!
Set, wired, anchored, and ready for gas.



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Are Gillette generators any good? How about support? TIA
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Are Gillette generators any good? How about support? TIA
Gillette is the most reliable producer with the most stock and assembled with the most off the shelf replacement components.
Common engines, deep sea controllers and depending on the size, marathon and other easy to get back ends.
I really can’t say enough about how outstanding they are to work with.
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3,500 lb generator
All that for 3500 lb's?

Why not a footer, 12" block perimeter, fill with stone, and a 4" concrete pad on top?
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All that for 3500 lb's?

Why not a footer, 12" block perimeter, fill with stone, and a 4" concrete pad on top?
They are in hurricane alley. The storm surge// wave action would destroy a lesser foundation.

That's what's driving the 'logic' of this install.
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Out in California, the typical commercial scale gen-set is mounted to the roof of the structure.

( grocers// big box retail, etc. )

The only pad mount unit I ever touched was Diesel fuelled.

They were that paranoid... of an earthquake... which would ruin natural gas distribution.
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They are in hurricane alley. The storm surge// wave action would destroy a lesser foundation.

That's what's driving the 'logic' of this install.
Too many cooks...
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You think?

Good lord, the over kill on something that simple.
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All that for 3500 lb's?

Why not a footer, 12" block perimeter, fill with stone, and a 4" concrete pad on top?
Way too much work. Too many steps. Are you thinking a pound of feathers would weigh less than a pound of steel.
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Good lord, the over kill on something that simple.
We have done this where we built a plywood box and formed around it.
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You can't make judgement as to what's overkill and a waste unless or until you know all the specifics. If I were near the south FL coast putting in a genset like that I'd want the biggest anchor I could get, and that's about what they got. Not sure what the facility is either. There's a big difference between a hospital and a Dairy Queen.
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You can't make judgement as to what's overkill and a waste unless or until you know all the specifics. If I were near the south FL coast putting in a genset like that I'd want the biggest anchor I could get, and that's about what they got. Not sure what the facility is either. There's a big difference between a hospital and a Dairy Queen.
Its a condo and all of the Condo Commandos suddenly became experts in concrete, curing times, loading, using burlap on top and every DYI they could throw at us during the pour.
Then, the heavens opened up for them when we stripped the form and had a rock pocket and a bit of a bow along the top.
I had a GC friend of mine send out his plasters and now it's a modern-day masterpiece.
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