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I've worked on a foundation recently for an elevated water storage tank that
is being re-installed in a new location.

Out here (Eastern Shore of the Cheasepeake Bay) it is common.  In my
situation, the the tank in question was taken from one town which needed a
larger tank.  The contractor who bought the tank sold the tank to another

I assume the contractor is making money on the deal and the purchasor is
happy with the price.  Make your assessment from there.  I hope it helps.

David B. Tehranchi
Davis, Bowen, Friedel, Inc.
One Plaza East, Suite 200
P.O. Box 93
Salisbury, MD 21803-0093

A pessimist says the glass is half empty,
An optimist says the glass is half full,
Ands the engineer says...
    "It's a good thing I put half my
     water in a redundant glass"

-----Original Message-----
From: PEC - Lake City [mailto:pec(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 3:53 PM
To: Seaint; StrucTX
Subject: Relocating a Steel Tank

Situation:  For tax purposes, a client needs to determine if some existing
welded steel tanks (say 30 feet in diameter or larger by 32 feet high) has
any value other than scrap metal if they have to be removed from their
current location.

Is it at all practical to disassemble one of these tanks and reassemble it
elsewhere, especially considering labor costs, cleaning the tank, inspecting
the welds, etc. (The foundation wouldn't come in to play - both a relocated
and a new tank would require a new foundation).   I would think the cost of
relocating an existing tank would far exceed the cost of having a new one
installed.  Am I right?

David Finley, P.E.