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Old 09-27-2019, 07:07 PM
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I've always wanted a home weather station to keep track of Temps (Hi/Lo) Wind and whatnot. Josh and I put up the new unit last weekend and serious design flaws on the mounting system have already emerged. I wanted it up fairly high to avoid obstructions to get an accurate reading on wind speed. I had a full stick of pipe we used for handrail on Josh's Eagle Scout project which I thought would be ideal. I chopped off 7' from a full 21' stick bringing it down to 14' minus around 2ft. in the ground. Should be good to go Not!! wind hit around 22 MPH yesterday and the pole was flexing like a Bamboo pole on a crappie pond. Well, Hell this ain't going to work. So my old school instincts to over-engineer have checked in. I can use up to a 2" OD pole bring it down to 10' with 2' in the ground and fill it with concrete before I mount the sensor array on top. Thoughts from the folk that know more about structural applications than me.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:00 PM
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On my weather station the unit on the pole has a solar charger. It looks like yours does too.

The problem is there is also a battery in the unit. It doesn't happen iften, but I do have to change it out occasionally.

I used to back up to it and stood on my golf cart to reach it. I finally changed the top pole so I could lift it out of the bottom pole, and bring the unit down so I could change the battery.

I got to old to climb up that high.

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Old 09-27-2019, 09:23 PM
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From the thumbnail I thought it was going to be a rock hanging from the pole.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:37 PM
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From the thumbnail I thought it was going to be a rock hanging from the pole.
Pretty damn close. I thought I would try to nail down some numbers for the nights when the house creaks and groans from the wind. Plus the mornings when the dogs look at me like seriously you are delirious it's like -25 I'm fine with holding it till the sun comes up or pissing on the carpet when your not looking.
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I have to do the battery every two years. Mine is only 6' off the ground for that reason.
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:54 AM
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2" with concrete should be quite rigid for this application. To make it easier to change and erect, I suggest making a sandwich - the "bread" if you will is two lengths of pipe about 4-5 feet plus your embed depth. The "meat" is your concrete filled pole. Bolt it all together with 2 bolts. Removing one bolt will allow your pole to be tilted down for service.

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Old 09-28-2019, 10:38 AM
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2" with concrete should be quite rigid for this application. To make it easier to change and erect, I suggest making a sandwich - the "bread" if you will is two lengths of pipe about 4-5 feet plus your embed depth. The "meat" is your concrete filled pole. Bolt it all together with 2 bolts. Removing one bolt will allow your pole to be tilted down for service.

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That is what I was thinking, they need a hinge.
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2" with concrete should be quite rigid for this application. To make it easier to change and erect, I suggest making a sandwich - the "bread" if you will is two lengths of pipe about 4-5 feet plus your embed depth. The "meat" is your concrete filled pole. Bolt it all together with 2 bolts. Removing one bolt will allow your pole to be tilted down for service.

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Thanks, I like your idea now I just need to get some pipe. I was having trouble visualizing what you were saying until Shade chimed in.
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Some flag poles and bird houses, like for purple martins are hinged like that.


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