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Old 02-25-2017, 05:43 PM   #1
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What are these things?

I am wintering in SW FLorida. FWIW, there's a very high water table here and mostly sandy soil.

As I have driven up and down Tamiami Trail (aka US-41) in my area, I have spotted these cement things (roughly look to be about the size and shape of a fat water heater, with a u-shaped 'handle' on one end) in a large pile alongside the road. A week or so later, I see that single units have been distributed along the roadside, many feet apart and on both sides of the road. The traffic cones nearby might give you a sense of scale.

I have no idea what these are nor what they are used for. I've never seen any workers around them, so there's not been anyone to ask. Since we have such a wealth of knowledgeable people here, I'm hoping someone can put my curiosity to rest.

FWIW, there's always some sort of work being done on (or next to) US-41 as it is the major thoroughfare in these parts. I'm guessing these objects might be related to water distribution, sewage lines, water runoff/drainage, electric lines, internet/cable, etc.


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Old 02-25-2017, 05:51 PM   #2
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Looks like a base for a light pole.
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They have 4 protruding bolts, presumably where the base of a light pole will be attached.
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These appear to be bases for light poles. Keep an eye on the progress and let us know.
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Pfffftt. Concrete water heaters.
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Pfffftt. Concrete water heaters.
How do you heat concrete water?
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Where do you think hard water comes from?
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Concrete creates it's own heat.
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Maybe the mob is back in town?


Maybe mountainsoft from the other thread can get some of that hard water.
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Ya'll crack me up.

Wish DH and I were in FL right now. These concrete things would just be a bonus.
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Interesting. I've never seen precast light pole bases before. I agree with others - they are light pole bases. You can see the bolt pattern on the tops where the light poles would be fastened. The hooped part would be on the bottom - probably use the hoop to unload. They should have holes in the side where the electrical conduit attaches. Probably need this type in Florida due to the high ground water table- construction crews wouldn't be able to construct the rebar cage and bolt assembly under water.
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Why so many light poles when Florida is known as the Sunshine State?
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All Florida drivers are old, and need extra light to drive after sunset.
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Why so many light poles when Florida is known as the Sunshine State?
All the light poles are down here, the heavy ones are up north.
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Pfffftt. Concrete water heaters.
No, regular water heaters that were never flushed. This is what unchecked calcium/sediment buildup will lead to....Let that be a lesson to all of us.....
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I thought they were all in bed after 6 PM?
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Thanks, y'all, for the explanations, drawings, photos, along with the witty repartee!

You guys crack me up.

Bases for light poles makes total sense. (Now I need to check out the current lighting situation.)

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