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Beware of warranties.  Try to see what they do and don't cover.  Push Piers are also known as resistance piers.   
The guy who has developed both systems:
Robert Hoyt, P.E.

Hoyt Engineering Associates

3105 S. Fallbrook Court

Blue Springs, MO 64015

Another company developed and offers both is A. B. Chance:
Call other companies.  Always check references.  Most companies gamble that you will not call their references.  I always call references.  And 9 times out of 10, I find that the companies embellish excessively. 

Regards, Harold Sprague


Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 05:52:48 -0700
From: wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)
Subject: Push piers foundation systems
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

Is anyone familiar with the Push Pier System provided by Foundation Supportworks, or similar products for that matter?  I have settlement under a portion of my garage that needs to be addressed.  This is a simple end-bearing pipe pier hydrolically pushed down to bearing.
The system does carry a 25-year warranty and looks to be well designed.  I don't know if there are any particular risks or gotchas with installing these systems.  They say they usually hit bearing in 20-30 feet but I realize that is a big unknown.  There isn't much online to read about these that isn't promotional.  I did find one link to a discussion where they warned about the thickness and grade of the steel.
The contractor does not suggest that I hire a geotech to do a study - am I adding a lot of risk by not doing so?  It is only a light single-story structure.
They do not suggest the helical pier, either.  Soils are sandy gravel.  They are not expansive.  The upper layer under the foundation may have been fill but I don't know for sure.  Settlement is arguably active - notable additional recent movement has been attributed to vibration from paving our driveway last year.  Garage is 20 years old and has dropped maybe 2" overall.
Jim Wilson, PE
Stroudsburg, PA

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