The Techno Metal Post Difference

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?

 

 

 

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TMP Alaska working in rural Alaska – Kipnuk, AK

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.

Unloading EM1 from Ryan Air 'Casa'

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.

 

Unloading extensions for the helical pier extensions

Ryan Air made 6 separate trips to Kipnuk hauling the helical piers and equipment out over the course of a few days.

 

 

Material drop airport with Ryan Air planeA 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.

 

Helical piers on site for Kipnuk Alaska

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.

 

EM1 at work installing a line of helical piers

After the extensions are welded on, we continue the installation.

 

View West - deck in foreground

The piers are installed, the brackets are welded and the engineered specified bracing is installed.

 

 

PIles complete - school in background

A final view of the foundation.

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Techno Metal Post Alaska working in remote Alaska

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Loading the R2D and materials on Big Lake AK.

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TMP Alaska receives MOA structural policy for light duty helical piers

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.

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!!!

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Another tough helical deck pier installation…

The versatility of our small helical pier installation machine revealed itself again on a recent winter job. As far as job sites go, this one had multiple challenges – tight access, a steep hill and piers installed on multiple levels.

First we had a very tight corner to negotiate and we just were able to clear the many obstacles.

We were able to negotiate this tight turn.

We were able to easily negotiate this tight turn.

Our machine can easily get through 36″ openings and in some cases we can actually sneak through a 30″ wide opening. The challenge on this job was negotiating through the narrow passage to the back of this residence. The edge of our ‘path’ was on a very steep hill and the general contractor built us a temporary road to allowing us access.

Our machine rounding the corner

Our machine rounding the corner

Once in the yard, the job got even more challenging. The new deck will be situated above this steep hill and Techno Metal Post Alaska was the only contractor able to access this difficult work site. The other option was to hand dig sono tubes to a depth of 5′. After installing the lower posts we needed to get the machine back up to street level. We set one of our larger P3 posts as an anchor before heading down the hill. Once back up the hill, we just uninstalled the temporary pier.

Using a temporary helical pier as an anchor, we were able to winch our machine back up the hill.

Using a temporary helical pier as an anchor, we were able to winch our machine back up the hill.

Another picture showing the steep grade that we successfully negotiated.

Beginning the pull back up the hill.

Beginning the pull back up the hill.

Notice that we are working in winter. We found frost down to about 24″ and were able to thaw the ground quickly, allowing us to install 8 posts in a single day; even with the difficult access conditions.

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Construction Begins on Techno Metal Post Alaska’s New Headquarters

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 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.

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.

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The versatility of Techno Metal Post for deck construction

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.

Two Techno Metal Posts installed around a deck under construction.

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.

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.

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.

Ready to repair this heaved deck / porch.

Our small equipment allowed us to install the new deck foundation under the existing roof with no alterations or additional construction.

Installing a helical pier for a deck under the existing roof.

A close up if the installed posts.

Our R2D machine's capability of installing around existing structures.

Finally, we finished up installing new posts around the remainder of the deck.

Installing Techno Metal Posts through an existing 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.

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