Stainless Steel Pin with Mast Overview


Stainless Steel Pin with Mast

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Mount Commonly Used
Stability
Cost
Install Time
Labor
Substrate
Site Impact

Cup with brass adapter

med-high

$265-350

1 hr

1
BR, R

low

Stainless steel mast designs may vary. In general, they consist of a threaded pin set into bedrock with cement or epoxy, with a threaded mast screwed onto the pin. Throughout the semi-permanent GNSS network in Afar, Ethiopia (E. Calais, Purdue University), pins are ten inches long and masts are 1"-diameter and 0.5m (19.7") long (shown below). The pin is installed as close to vertical as possible; a stainless steel cup with a threaded brass adapter is used for the antenna mount. The cup does not allow for precise leveling but does allow for the antenna to be oriented to north. A dimple on the pin allows the pin to be used as a survey marker should the mast be removed.


Site DASL of the Afar network, Ethiopia.

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Design and Construction

A battery-powered drill is all that is needed for installation of the pin.

Documents


Threaded monument pin (Conquest pin) machining instructions (cost $100)

Please note: Alternatively, a 8" long SS 5/8" all-tread rod with a SS nut epoxied or welded on to the rod can be substituted for the pin mentioned above.

Similar to the all tread mast but installed flush to the ground.  See the article on the all tread rod mast.

 

Installation Photos

Feleke Worku of the Ethiopian Mapping Agency uses a battery-powered Hilti hammer drill to drill the hole for a monument pin in the Afar network.

Approximate Cost

$165-250

This cost is for the monumentation only; the antenna mount is not included.

Materials

  • pin

  • mast

  • epoxy or quick-setting, expansive concrete

  • Loctite or other glue for threads (optional)

Tools

  • battery-powered drill

  • tube to blow rock flour out of the hole

  • level

  • adjustable wrenches, vice grips, or pipe wrenches for tightening threads (recommended)

  • compass

Mount Commonly Used

A 5/8" threaded leveling mount (cost $150)  can be used, but we commonly use a simple non-leveling mount consisting of a stainless steel cup holding a brass adapter.  The antenna is screwed onto the brass adapter and can be rotated to north. The adapter is then held in place in the cup with a set screw. The monument itself is installed as close to vertical as possible.


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Article ID: 324
Created On: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Last Updated On: Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:08 AM
Authored by: Beth Bartel [bartel@unavco.org]

Online URL: https://kb.unavco.org/kb/article/stainless-steel-pin-with-mast-overview-324.html