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- From: "Tom Barsh @ Codeware" <tom(--nospam--at)codeware.com>
- Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 11:42:18 -0500
May I re-open this topic as a consumer (home owner) in Houston? I'm hoping to get considered thoughts of engineers familiar with our local conditions.
My house is 37 years old, I've been in there 4 years. 2 storey on "slab" foundation (I have no idea what if any steel there is in it). It certainly needs something...got the cracks in the walls, doors that stick or don't even close, etc. Every house in the area has had piers done, possibly more than once!
As someone mentioned in this thread, foundation pinning is a commodity in this area with commercials on television for "CableLock (TM)", etc. There are scads of cowboys running around in old pickups offering to install piers for X dollars per pier. Some piers are made from concrete cylinders (almost like those compression test cylinders we tested back when I took my concrete course) but no tie of any sort for tension. I am told that the CableLock design doesn't really lock the cable at the top of the pier so I don't know where the "lock" comes in. Some of these guys even jack down concrete blocks (cmu's) about 4-5 feet, probably works good until the first deluge. All of this BS offends my engineer's sensibilities. And to add injury to insult is that any way you cut it the cost will be $6000 on up to much much more.
One guy actually drills down and pours concrete piers and seems like a pretty level-headed, professional sort of guy. I do have trouble swallowing the $20,000 to have this done. His proposal for my house has about 66 of these piers, mostly around the perimeter of the foundation but about a dozen internal piers (which means drilling holes in my living room, etc; nice). And as much as I like this guy he is not an engineer, but on the other hand he's been doing this for 20 years under one business name.
I would like to get this done once and get it done right. Of course that means getting an engineer on the payroll! But offhand, what sort of remedies should I be looking at? Might a smaller number of these poured concrete piers be adequate if a proper analysis is done?
Tom Barsh, P.E.
Technical Support Engineer
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