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    100? You're a glutton for punishment.



    I've installed them by hand using a modified T-post driver with horizontal handles welded on. Slam, turn, repeat. But never more than a dozen at a time.



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    I've used a post hole digger and some quickset to anchor them. I did not want them to come out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgilles View Post
    ...Anybody install these things before? Or have any new ideas for me?
    I have, but here in FL the ground is all sand, and not too hard to poke a hole in.



    I use an auger on my tractor for post holes.



    I'm wondering if you could the gasoline powered auger to at least start a hole, screw in the anchors as much as you can, and then backfill the hole.



    What are you trying to tie down?



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    3-feet of 1-inch heavy wall pipe and a sledge hammmer. Drive in at each corner of the sign trailer leaning away from the sign at a 45* angle. Remove with an old-style bumper jack hooked to a chain wrapped around the pipe. Go look at any circus tent.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    3-feet of 1-inch heavy wall pipe and a sledge hammmer. Drive in at each corner of the sign trailer leaning away from the sign at a 45* angle. Remove with an old-style bumper jack hooked to a chain wrapped around the pipe. Go look at any circus tent.


    Agreed. The more I think about it the more I think I can pull it off. I've been told they'll loosen up with rain/snow/frost/etc. as these will need to be in the ground for 1.5 years and survive many different seasons and weather conditions and accidents, but they'll really only be put to the test when the wind is really going (or a vehicle hits one)...so even if they move and I get an inch or two of slack I think I'd be alright as that'll still prevent them from flipping over.



    I'll be 10+ hours from the equipment so I can't babysit it on a day-to-day or even week-to-week basis. Whatever I do needs to be set and done with a few checkups here and there. I guess that's why I feel I'm probably over-thinking this, with the amount of repair work I've had to do so far I just want it done and not have to worry about it again.
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    One more thought.



    How about using studded T posts. They are available in different lengths and gauges. I've used them for pasture fencing.







    Just today I was removing some that had been in the ground 15 years. They were still reusable.



    They can be easily put in with a post pounder (your arms will get tired):







    and removed with this:







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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
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    How about using studded T posts. They are available in different lengths and gauges. I've used them for pasture fencing.



    jb


    I like those. Familiar with them just never thought of them!



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    They can be easily put in with a post pounder (your arms will get tired):



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    A modified T-post pounder is what I've used for the earth anchors. Mine is made of square tubing. The eye of the anchor fits diagonally in the square tube. Probably a bit labor intensive for your purposes.



    Your idea for the cable and plate deadman is probably right on. I've picketed pizzed off 2,000 lb critters to nothing more than a rock tied to the end of a rope and dropped down a hole with dirt tossed over it. Angle is everything and as long as the rope or cable is the proper length these don't have to be as deep as you might think.



    Just my .02. Varying soil conditions will probably warrant having several different solutions.



    The earth anchors ulimately work on the rock in the hole priciple, but they're a pain to drive. We sometimes get 70-80 mph winds here and I use them to anchor covered pipe corrals whose roofs have far more surface area than your sign trailers. If these boogers get airborn they can decapitate a horse.



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