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Geotech may also utilize lime stabalization. They inject the soil with solution behind a truck to introduce the optimum moisture content before pouring the slab. This method is used for clay where you have large parking lots, runways, large slab on grade for shopping malls, etc. where the footprint is large and will remain somewhat constant after the slab is set.

You may also want to consider getting the potential water drained quickly away from the soil around the foundation by means of slope, french drains, etc. combined with a deep turn down.

The money spent on the specialist such as a geotech is well worth the cost.

From: "Fountain Conner" <fconner(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: seaint(--nospam--at)
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Foundation on Expansive Clay
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 06:05:02 -0500

I need to put some lightly-loaded foundations on clay "with the potential
for expansion".

These foundations will carry a bark blowline in a paper mill.

If all were normal these foundations would be 7 feet long x 8 feet wide x 3
feet thick.  They each would have a vertical pipe 20 feet tall, carrying a
horizontal blowline.  Maximum soil pressure (max load and wind) would be
about 2000 psf.  Static maximum load is about 650 psf.  The geotechnical
report allows at least 2500 psf, plus 25 percent for short-term live load
(like wind).

Plain vanilla...  Until I factor in the potentially expansive soil.

My thinking is to turn down the outside edge of the footing an additional 6
inches.  If this clay is expansive, it shouldn't be given to capillary
action, and will provide a seal, preventing the soil beneath the foundation
from seeing the varying moisture content.

What do you think?

Item 2:

I had intended to place each "mast" in a sleeve, plumb it and grout it
into position -- cheap, but effective.  I *can* put a mast on a large,
baseplate, and perch it on nuts below the base plate, with double nuts
above.  If I do this, I can allow enough room below the lower nuts to
adjust each mast plumb if there is some movement.  I'm hoping you guys can
convince me that this step is overkill.



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