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House Foundation Moving? Monitor Your Wall Cracks

If you really want to get anal about monitoring cracks in walls that you think are being caused by foundation movement, I ran across the following device that can do just that.

It’s the Avongard Crack Monitor.
Crack Monitor

Who could use one?

According to the Avongard website: (more…)

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Steel Piers vs. Concrete For Foundation Repair

The other day I was reading what I could find on steel piers vs. concrete piers for foundation repair and ran across the term “skin friction.” With my heart beating a little faster, I read on.

It turns out that “skin friction” is an engineering term that describes the drag soil has on a pier or piling as foundation repair companies shove it through the ground on its merry way toward bedrock or a hard stable layer of earth.

Pre-cast concrete pilings, due to their diameters, have a lot of “skin friction.” Because steel piers are much thinner they have less drag on the surrounding soil and can be driven a whole lot deeper. The issue is moot regarding poured or drilled piers because you are going to drill a shaft anyway. (more…)

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Foundation Repair, How Much Does it Cost?

dollar sign representing cost of foundation repairCalling up foundation repair companies and asking how much it would cost is like lurching your smoking car into the mechanic’s parking lot and asking him how may dollars it will take to fix it without even popping the hood.

Both are going to say “it depends on what’s wrong.”

A major factor in foundation repair cost will generally depend on how many piers will be needed, of what type, and how deep they will need to go to reach bedrock or supportive stable soil. (more…)

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Do You Need Foundation Repair or Is It Something Else?

If you are seeing weird things with walls or floors inside or outside of the house you may be wondering if the foundation needs repair or if something else is going on.

Are those cracks in the garage walls the result of concrete foundation movement or because the space has become the rehearsal hall for your teenager’s mind numbingly loud rock band?

The structural committee of the Foundation Performance Association has published a paperĀ  (more…)

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