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Direct Embed Poles

The telecommunication and wireless communication industries use towers, poles and mounts as support structures for antennas, personal communication systems, commercial and amateur broadcasting, home television and cellular telephones. There are two basic types of towers: self-supporting and guyed. Self-supporting towers can be three- or four-sided steel-lattice pyramids or boxes or tubular monopoles. Guyed towers are a slender, steel structure supported by one or more levels of braided and stranded high-strength steel guy cables that anchor it to the ground. When selecting the proper tower type, it is important to consider how much land it will occupy, the soil type of the land and the overall height and weight of the finished installation.

Embedded poles are self-supporting towers that can be tubular monopoles or 12-sided tapered poles. They generally range from 30 to 150 feet. Embedded poles are installed directly into the ground, which makes them ideal for areas with limited space. They are less time-consuming and more cost-effective to install. They are made of hot-dip galvanized steel to prevent corrosion in harsh outdoor environments. Embedded poles require a longer shaft for embedded installation to compensate for the length of pole buried into the ground. To determine the total pole length required, the general rule is to calculate 10 percent of the ideal fixture mounting height and add two feet. However, every structure standing above ground is subjected to lateral forces. In the case of embedded poles, it is necessary to depend on the earth to resist these forces. Sandy and loose soil conditions will not be able to support embedded pole installations.