2015 has already started off as a very busy year for Techno Metal Post Alaska. Many of our customers are already getting a jump on the summer construction season and we are currently installing posts for decks, cabins and boardwalks; as well as docks while we still have the ice to work off of.
Despite the warm weather the ground is still frozen in many areas; but this is not a problem for TMP AK. Our installers can quickly thaw the ground and install our posts in most frozen soils.
As always, TMP AK works anywhere in Alaska. We are based out of Homer and Anchorage but will work just about anywhere we can get to.
Headed out to a job that is not quite reached by road.
We will be out and about through out the state this spring at the 4 biggest home shows in Alaska:
Fairbanks IABA Home show – March 20-22
Anchorage Home Show – March 27-29
Kenai Peninsula Home Show – March 28-29
Mat-Su Home Show – April 10-12
Hope to see you at the home show and please stop by for more information or to just say hello…
A video and testimonial from one of our customers Steve Gonzales of Gonzales Marketing
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!!!