What about rocks?
That is a question that we get all the time. Rocks are a trick for any foundation and we learned first hand on this local Homer job that rocks can in fact be worked around with Techno Metal Post Alaska.
Steiner’s North Star Construction of Homer, Alaska was looking for a solution to some tough deck support issues they were having with their current remodel of City Hall. The work site had a steep incline that ended at a set of lower level windows. The traditional sono tube method would have been difficult to use in this scenario because of the slope and the windows. Impact piles would have likely disrupted the offices with noise for the better part of a day or two. So they went looking for a solution and found us.
The area around the offices had once been excavated and filled so we had a lot of gravel in the first few feet. The gravel was what we call pit run gravel, meaning there were 8″-10″ rocks interspersed with the smaller materials. This proved tough for our installation; but we were able to use a variety of techniques during installation to work through this rock layer and leave our posts in the proper locations. When we hit a rock it would often move our post several inches off our mark; but by angling the post back and some crafty maneuvering we were able to ‘sneak’ through and around the rocks and get our posts set.
In the photo below we have just removed our extension that allows us to install posts on a steep down hill. Notice the tight working area we had to work with in the difficult terrain. An example of one of the rocks is directly in front of the front tire.
After a long day installing the 8 posts we were happy to provide a good installation for our clients. The rocks kept us from hitting a “bullseye” on every post, we were able to overcome the rocks and get our posts in the right locations for the deck.