When installing helical piers, often they need to be installed deeper than the lead section is long. This allows the piers to be installed into deeper better bearing soils to support your structures properly.
There are two ways to add on extensions to the helical piers: weld them together or bolt them together. The quickest way is to bolt them together like many of our competitors do. At Techno Metal Post we prefer a welded connection because it is stronger and will never loosen.
Last fall we were asked to replace some helical piers that were installed by another company just a few years earlier. We were shocked to see how much movement existed in the joint between the lead section and extension. We shot this quick video after removing the pier for our client and we did not do anything to the pier except remove it from the ground. This is what we found:
We would have little confidence in a pier that moves this much and this is why we feel welded extensions is a much better method for helical piers. Would you want your structure susceptible to this type of movement in a wind storm or earthquake?
TMP Alaska services the entire state of Alaska. If you can get us there we will go!!!!
One of our furthest places we have gone thus far is the village of Kipnuk, Alaska, which is only accessible by air or sea. We were asked to install piers for a new community hardware store. The design included almost 50 multiple helix piers that would be installed to a depth of 30′, Below we have some photos that highlight our trip to the Bering Sea.
Everything needed for this job was flown in. The materials flew by jet service from Anchorage to Bethel and then transferred over to the good folks at Ryan Air to be transferred to Kipnuk. The Ryan Air “Casa” has a maximum capacity of 5000# and the EM1 comes in just shy of that weight.
Ryan Air made 6 separate trips to Kipnuk hauling the helical piers and equipment out over the course of a few days.
A photo of various materials and the Ryan Air plane at the airport in Kipnuk, Alaska. From the airport we moved materials to the building site with a locally rented 4 wheeler.
A muddy job site. We use the plywood seen in the background to drive the EM1 through the mud. The site is surveyed and ready for installation.
After the extensions are welded on, we continue the installation.
The piers are installed, the brackets are welded and the engineered specified bracing is installed.
A final view of the foundation.
Building anything in remote Alaska can be challenging and quite expensive. Techno Metal Post Alaska offers a unique and affordable option for remote projects. Our small and light weight machines can be transported to the job site easily by air, boat or even snow machine.
Our smallest machine, the R2 D is able to install a post with the ability to support a weight of over 25,000 pounds, which is suitable for any house, lodge and much more.
Our larger EM1 machine is used when speed and power is needed. The EM1 can get through frozen soils without the need to thaw the ground first.
Our EM1 machine working off the snow machine trails near Big Lake, Alaska
Our 1500# R2D machine can easily be pulled in to your jobsite during the winter on our modified trailer.
No road – no problem our equipment can fit on any sized boat.
Our larger EM-1 equipment is easily flown into remote villages offering a very affordable foundation option.
Loading the R2D and materials on Big Lake AK.
As of August 5, 2014 TMP AK has been issued Policy S0.8 for our P1 and P2 helical piers for use in permitted jobs in Anchorage. After several years of discussions between Techno Metal Post Alaska’s engineers and the Municipality we now have a policy that applies to our smaller diameter piles most commonly used for decks and light structures.
Our versatile R2D can fit into just about any space to repair existing foundations that have heaved or settled.
We no longer have to ask for special consideration for each project. If your next project calls for sono tubes, mini piles or helical piers, TMP AK can install our piers under the new policy. When submitting your project for plan review just call out the weight each pile will be supporting on the plans. TMP AK will complete the installation to those specifications and provide you with the required installation report that the field inspector will request. You DO NOT need to specify that helical piers will be used on your plans, just the load per post should be noted.
Our larger P3 pile has been issued an ICC ESR and is not governed by this new policy.
As always if you have any questions or need further information on the permitting process or our products please do not hesitate to call us. We look forward in working with you!!!
Not only has this warm weather kept us busy installing helical piers for customers, it has allowed us an early start on construction of our new building on the corner of Meadow Drive and East End Road – near Home Run Oil.
Our contractor has completed the driveway and is setting the sewer lift station.
Our space will be a 20′ x 40′ shop with offices in our upstairs mezzanine. This space will be part of a larger building, with another shop being built for AC General, INC and a retail space in front, serving as the new home for The Electric Outlet. We are looking forward to finally having a space large enough to house all of our Kenai Peninsula operations.
A look towards the south end of the lot that will be utilized as our helical pier storage area.
We will post updates on our building progress and are planning an open house in early summer after we move in. Although we work through out the entire of State of Alaska, we are happy to call Homer our home and plan growing another local business to its fullest potential!!!!
Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
Earlier this summer we were contacted to install two helical piers for a deck remodel. Our busy schedule kept us away for about a week; but we assured the contractor that they could start the framing ahead of our arrival.
The contractor started the framing and even the decking inlay before we arrived. It took us about 45 minutes to install the two required posts for this job.
Before we left, they had the new beam set and were installing the remaining deck joists.
The building can begin immediately after the Techno Metal Post has been installed.
On another recent job; Techno Metal Post Alaska was called out to replace all the deck supports surrounding this wrap around deck with roof. The existing foundation had heaved and caused the decking and roof to be lifted up to 3″ in some places.
Techno Metal Post Alaska was able to save this deck.
The Home Owner was able to prepare the deck perfectly for us for our installation. We installed 5 posts under the roof section.
Our small equipment allowed us to install the new deck foundation under the existing roof with no alterations or additional construction.
A close up if the installed posts.
Finally, we finished up installing new posts around the remainder of the deck.
With just a little preparation Techno Metal Post Alaska can repair a deck that has heaved from frost in less than a day. Most importantly, we require very little alteration to your existing structure and can work around most structures.