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RE: Drilled piers vs piles

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With all due respect to Stan, while it is true that in the past Void Boxes
were often used, in the last several years they have fallen very much out of
favor for the reasons I cited earlier. If I have time, I'll try to find some
references for you.

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: Brian K. Smith [mailto:smithegr(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 4:47 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Drilled piers vs piles

        Okay, but the question is why not?  Is there something special about
Houston that precludes their use.  Why are 99% of all the buildings in the
Dallas/Ft. Worth area constructed with void boxes with NO problems, but you
can't use them in South Texas?

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