It is almost finished! I planted Williamette and Cascade rhizomes. All I have to do is attach the 16 foot 6x6 to the base and tilt it up. It is build like a tank, all 6x6 pressure treated lumber and stainless hardware when I could find it. Total height should be about 18 feet.
This design will allow me to raise or lower the lines for my hops as well as access the entire upper post should I ever need to do repairs or upgrades.
Base cemented. Just shy of 3 feet deep. I actually hit an old stone foundation so this is encased in 300 lbs of concrete poured next to 2 feet of solid stone on the one side.
Pivot point for 16 foot 6x6 post. The top post will pivot on this pole and there will be a bar below this that locks it in place.
16 foot 6x6 post.
Chain will go around post and cords for hops will attach to rings. It should be easy to add more vines in the future.
Raise and lower chain as needed. I'm trying I-bolts to guide the rope, if the chain gets snagged I'll replace it with conduit or pvc tubing. The Chain won't snag on that.
Anchor forms made out of re-bar, I-bolt and cardboard box. Use some wire to hold everything together and then fill with cement. When it dries just tear off the cardboard.
Finished anchor being installed
Hops mount with anchor
You could also do this with 4x4 posts, but anything worth doing is worth over-doing so I went with 6x6. Reduce the height of the top post and the price will come down too, I had to actually pay to have the 16 footer delivered, there was just no was to strap it to my Subaru. Simple stakes would work to anchor the cords, but I already had extra re-bar from the base and was mixing cement so made these.
I'll post more pics when I finish the install. I hope this weekend I'll be able to convince a few friends to help raise that massive 16 foot 6x6 post!