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RE: Drilled piers vs piles

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I'm not sure where this is, but here's an observation:

It is now considered improper to have dowels connecting the pier/pile to the
grade beam. This is to allay any complications should there be uplift or
heave. I suspect the code requires to you "socket" the pier/pile into the
grade beam, however, so as to provide some degree of lateral support, and
keep the spatial relationship.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, TX, USA
Phone (281) 492-2251
FAX (281) 492-8203
email bill(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Sherman, William [mailto:ShermanWC(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 10:50 AM
To: SeaInt Listserver (E-mail)
Subject: Drilled piers vs piles

Any thoughts on the code's intent here would be helpful.

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