Another important accomplishment this week: helical piers were installed for the new icehouse decks. I was particularly impressed with the efficiency and precision of the helical pier installation by Bob Kaleita, Phil Valachovic, and Sonny Valachovic. Skillful operation!
Earth Anchoring with Helical Piers
I learned about “earth anchoring” with helical piers (aka helical piles) some years ago when looking at real estate in Santa Fe. This technique for securing (and re-securing if settling, erosion, etc. has undermined structural integrity) foundations, footings, etc. with *giant corkscrews* piqued my interest. I’ll publish a follow-up post, explaining in greater detail the concept and utility, as well as why we opted for this alternative to precast or poured concrete footings. For now let’s just appreciate the significant leap forward!
Video Mashup of Helical Pier Installation
If you prefer a quick zip through, then this video mashup is for you.
Hat tip to Bob, Phil, Sonny, and Earth Anchoring Suppliers.