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clock April 27, 2010 04:32 by author blogadmin
Helical pier installation was used to support the foundation for the new Ocean House Luxury Hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.



After two weeks at the new Ocean House Luxury Hotel, New England Foundation and Stabilization Co. completed the ECP (Earth Contact Products) Helical Torque Anchors to support the proposed event tent on the south lawn of the property that overlooks Watch Hill.

The Helical anchors were recessed into lawn boxes that can be accessed when the tent is erected and will provide support to the tent guy wires, allowing proper tensile support in a strong wind load area, and ease of erecting and removing the tent during event set-up and tear down.




   Once the piers were installed they were cut and capped using a custom pier cap that was welded to the pier pipe and connected to a clevis that will allow for easy attachment of the tent guy wires. 


Due to a septic leaching field, one line of the Helical Anchors had to be designed to straddle between the septic fields and the guy wire attachments were connected via channel welded to the Helical Anchors. 


Once the anchors were installed and capped, the site contractor graded the lawn and placed the lawn boxes that will be recessed into the lawn.   

Due to cold weather striking early, the new turf was not able to be placed, therefore temporary lawn was hydro-seeded and fenced off while the remaining landscaping continues. Next spring this lawn will be ready for use and tents will be assembled and disassembled with ease for events along this beautiful shore line. 

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Foundation Problems?

clock April 17, 2010 18:53 by author blogadmin
If you are having foundation problems, such as leaning and bowing walls, there are competent foundation repair contractors that are available to help you.



The one thing that nobody tells you about homeownership is the major problems that can happen. There are appliances that quit working, roofs that leak and basement walls that crack or settle. Foundation settling or shifting can be caused by many things. Before any foundation repairs can be made these items have to be identified and accepted. In the medical world the old adage is “cure the disease, and then treat the symptoms”. This is applicable to foundation repair also, we need to find out what is causing the issue, why is it causing a problem and then finding a solution to the problem.

The most common reason for foundation problems is water. Often it’s a lack of moisture and sometimes it is too much water. Issues with gutters, downspouts or drain tile are common. Drainage blocks are mostly due to leaves, debris, or failure. In a few cases the blockage causes the sump pump to reuse water that erodes and saturates soils along the basement. Rain water should be diverted away from the foundation to stop hydrostatic pressure on the foundation and floors. In times of drought water might need to be applied near the foundation to maintain more consistent soil moisture content.

Many times foundation problems, followed by foundation repairs, manifest themselves in the form of serious cracking of slabs or basement floors. Basement floor slab cracking can happen for several reasons. They can be significantly thinner than the plan requested or the sub base of stone may be significantly thinner than originally called for. Heaving often ends cracking as well.

Most drywall cracks appear in the corner of doorframes or windows and result from differential movement between framing and the drywall. Some wood frame movement can be due to standard processes such as shrinkage or temperature expansion.

Homes with a crawlspace sometimes show recurring damage patterns. Often a few vertical cracks in the crawlspace open and close seasonally. Due to their shallow foundation nature these cracks grow noticeably during intense times of drought or rain. Among several potential factors , these shallow footings may rest on expansive soil that experiences more acute cycles of shrink and swell, which is often aggravated by landscaping.

Repairing damaged foundations represents the greatest engineering challenge for a known problem. Wrongly supported pilasters, concrete piers , random crack filling, misapplication of carbon fiber strips and the engineering conviction that wider footings stop settlement are  examples of potential ill-conceived foundation repair methods.

The foundation fix starts with a total foundation inquiry by a competent foundation engineer. This engineer will visit the symptoms and measure the settlement of the structure while reading the appearances of damaged foundations. Upon completing his inquiry he will then give a written outline of the problems with suggestions for a cure.

Possible cures can be steel resistance piers, helical anchors, micropiles, tie-backs, plate anchors or waterproofing. With correct drainage, when these underpinning products are installed, per manufacturer’s specifications and under the guidance of the foundation engineer you can be warranted that your problem will be solved.

So, if you are having foundation problems, don’t panic. There are solutions to help, there are qualified engineers to help you and there are competent foundation repair contractors available to enact these solutions.


FRA Annual Meeting 2010

clock April 17, 2010 18:27 by author blogadmin
The 2010 Foundation Repair Association Annual Meeting gives members and nonmembers the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and other sponsors.


The 2010 Foundation Repair Association national meeting--Seminar and Sports Outing are scheduled for April 22-24, 2010.  The meeting will be held at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, Texas.  Members and non-members alike are welcome.  Dinner Thursday evening should provide not only fine nourishment but also an excellent opportunity to visit with our generous exhibitors and other sponsors.  Outstanding speakers won't disappoint with their contributions to the educational opportunities on Friday.

There's something for everyone; visit the website to see the complete list.  Please call the FRAI office if you wish to make a reservation for Thursday's Dinner:  1-866-561-3724, or wish any additional information.

Besides all the fun and visiting, the information and skills to acquire, you'll probably leave with renewed enthusiasm and energy for your pursuits -- maybe even one of the door prizes being given away Thursday evening and during the day on Friday. 



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