World of Concrete Seminar and Reception

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The PierTech Team will be in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2nd through the 5th. We would like to remind you to join us for a training seminar and reception in Las Vegas during the World of Concrete.

  • Space is very limited, as we have had an overwhelming response
  • RSVP is required to attend the seminar or the reception
  • To RSVP, call 866-536-5007 today.

Please join us on February 3rd for a fun-filled evening reception! PierTech is also hosting a FREE Installer Certification Seminar, hosted on a first come first serve basis. Only a few spots remain for the seminar. All events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Certification Seminar

9am-3pm Wednesday, February 3th

The FREE seminar is hosted on a first come first serve basis. Only a few spots remain. Please call to reserve your spot TODAY at (866)-536-5007. The seminar consists of the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch will be supplied
  • Certification to become a PierTech installer
  • Training for monitoring and installing the PierTech System
  • Understanding soil mechanics & design criteria
  • Marketing training
  • An overview of markets in which PierTech’s products are being utilized
  • A full question and answer session with Piertech experts

Reception

6pm-10pm Wednesday, February 3rd.

We would like to show our customers and friends our sincere appreciation for your business with a exciting reception at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Come meet the PierTech Team and enjoy an open bar, snacks, hors-d’oeuvres, door prizes and a few surprises. Please call to be added to our VIP guest list at (866)-536-5007. If you are interested in attending either the seminar or the reception or both, give us a call at (866)536-5007 ASAP to sign up.

See you in Las Vegas!

Top Five Concrete Slab Foundation Problems

Since the 1970s, concrete slab foundations have become the main way homes are constructed. The foundation is poured on top of the soil and is made of thick concrete reinforced by rebar. Although the slab foundation has replaced the crawl space, slab foundations can still experience problems. We have identified the top concrete slab foundation problems.

Upheaval
Upheaval is the opposite of settlement. It is when the foundation actually rises in areas. This could be due to increased moisture in clay soil or an improperly designed foundation. The signs that your slab foundation is experiencing upheaval is if your walls, floors, or countertops are no longer level.

To prevent upheaval it is best to acquire a PVR report also known as Potential for Vertical Rise before you build your home. If you are already living in your home, make sure you have proper drainage. Moisture and plastic soils, such as clay, are a recipe for upheaval.

Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can be caused by numerous factors including settlement and upheaval. Once cracked, the foundation can separate at the joints, bugs, water or moisture may enter the home. A hairline crack can grow into a bigger problem. Visually inspect the foundation, are there any cracks? If so, are they larger than 1/16 of an inch?  If so, you must do something about it. It is best to contact a foundation repair specialist to advise you on the severity of the problem. They will take preventive measure to fix the crack and keep it from getting worse.

concrete slab foundation problemsSettling
All homes experience settling. It is the natural process of home sinking into the ground. Settling, however, may lead to foundation issues with your home.  Foundation problems that are not fixed can cause catastrophic problems for your home. If you experience cracks in your home’s bricks, walls, or windows or if you have doors that stick, it is time to consult a professional. Those signs point to a foundation problem.

Settling is best remedied by the installation of helical piers or piles. They support the foundation and keep it from settling further.

Shifting Piers
Occasionally, piers can shift and can cause problems for your slab foundation. Shifting is not an overnight problem but slowly occurs to your home. This results in the same types of problems that settling causes. This includes cracks, sticking doors, bulging floors, and chimney damage.

The best remedy to fix a shifting foundation is to install new piers to stabilize the home.

Improper Design
The final concrete slab foundation problem is a poorly designed foundation. This could stem from not consulting an engineer for a proper geological survey, not following professional recommendations for the foundation construction, using the wrong type of foundation in the wrong soil type, or even physically not making the foundation properly.

Whatever foundation problem you are experiencing, it is best to consult a professional. You don’t want a minor problem to lead to a foundation failure.  Our network of certified PierTech installers can help diagnose and repair any foundation problems you are experiencing. To find your local installer, please contact us.

World of Concrete Seminar and Reception

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The PierTech Team will be in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2nd through the 6th. We would like to remind you to join us for a training seminar and reception in Las Vegas during the World of Concrete.

  • Space is very limited, as we have had an overwhelming response
  • RSVP is required to attend the seminar or the reception
  • To RSVP, call 866-536-5007 today.

Please join us February 4th for a fun-filled evening reception! PierTech is also hosting a FREE Installer Certification Seminar, hosted on a first come first serve basis. Only a few spots remain for the seminar. All events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Certification Seminar

9am-3pm Wednesday, February 4th

The FREE seminar is hosted on a first come first serve basis. Only a few spots remain. Please call to reserve your spot TODAY at (866)-536-5007. The seminar consists of the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch will be supplied
  • Certification to become a PierTech installer
  • Training for monitoring and installing the PierTech System
  • Understanding soil mechanics & design criteria
  • Marketing training
  • An Overview of markets in which PierTech’s products are being utilized
  • A full question and answer session with Piertech experts

Reception

6pm-10pm Wednesday, February 4th.

We would like to show our customers and friends our sincere appreciation for your business with a exciting reception at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Come meet the PierTech Team and enjoy an open bar, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and a few surprises. Please call to be added to our VIP guest list at (866)-536-5007. If you are interested in attending either the seminar or the reception or both, give us a call at (866)536-5007 ASAP to sign up.

See you in Las Vegas!

Historical Figure Spotlight: Alexander Mitchell

Alexander-MitchellAlexander Mitchell (1780 – 1868)

Blind Engineer

Alexander Mitchell was born on 13th April 1780 in South William Street, Dublin. When he was young, he saw little of his father, who was an Inspector-General of British Barracks in Ireland. When he was seven, the family moved up north to Pine Hill near Belfast. Here, Mitchell went to school for the first time at the age of eight. They remained here for four years, during which time the eldest daughter Mary died, followed shortly by their father when Mitchell was 10.

Mrs. Mitchell with Alexander, his sister and two of his brothers rented a cottage a mile from Belfast. From here, Mitchell attended the best classical school in Belfast. He greatly enjoyed his school life, showing a marked taste for mathematics. But his sight, always defective, declined rapidly so that by the age of 16, he could no longer read. (Possibly his sight may have been overstrained in his childhood, by lying on the floor of the hall in William street, reading by the dim light that came from the street lamp, through the fanlight over the door). Although this was the case, he seems to have learned a lot in school, as his family constantly came to him for help in geography, history and even spelling.

In 1798, during the Irish Rebellion, Alexander (aged 18) was sent to friends in Scotland. When he was 21, he married his neighbor, Mary Banks, with whom he had five children. His mother was so displeased with this match, that she would not see him for over a year. It was around this time that he began to manufacture bricks, a prosperous business that continued for over 30 years, enabling him to buy ground and build about 20 houses in Belfast.

His appearance was that of a strong and active man. He was tall, over 6 feet in height with broad shoulders. He had many visitors to his home, including Dr. Romney Robinson, whose company he delighted in, and Dr. Boole the mathematician. Some people were not aware he was blind as he turned to those he spoke to, and seemed to look directly at them. It is amusing to find out that people often played whist and backgammon with him, and ended the game without knowing that he could not see. That a daughter or grandchild sat at his side and mentioned the throw of the dice, or whispered the names of the cards, passed unobserved.

In 1823, he wrote a paper on “Meteoric Stones” which was read at the Natural History Society, of which he was elected a member shortly thereafter. Living by the sea, he often pondered on the trials of shipwrecked men, and he set his mind to think out some means of warning ships of danger from rocky shores. In 1828 his thinking provided him with the answer. Four years later, he became known as the inventor and patentee of the “Mitchell Screw-pile and Mooring”, a simple yet effective means of constructing durable lighthouses in deep water, on mud-banks and shifting sands, of fixing beacons, and of mooring ships. It was first used for the foundation of the Maplin Sand lighthouse, at the mouth of the Thames, in 1838.

After the success of screw-piles had been established, they were applied to more extensive undertakings. The Government Breakwater at Portland, the long viaduct and bridges on the Bombay and Beroda Railway, the whole system of Indian telegraphs, and the Madras pier, were among the works accomplished with this invention. Mitchell’s improved method of mooring ships was likewise generally adopted.

On the 9th May 1837, he was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. In 1839 he went to Belfast to prepare for building a lighthouse at Fleetwood. He did not spare himself any labor that he thought necessary for perfecting the work, but climbed the ladders, crawled along the planks, and examined the woodwork. When told he was risking a fall, he said he was safer than others, because by not seeing the water beneath him, he did not become giddy. On many occasions he stayed out the whole day, cheering his men at their work, and leading them in singsongs as they marched around on the raft driving in the screws.

In July 1844 the lighthouse in Belfast Lough was finished. In November 1844 he was elected Associate of the Belfast Anacreontic Society. He greatly enjoyed attending the various concerts they organized. He was very fond of music, understanding its theory and was well versed in its history. In 1847 he went to Courtown, Co.Wexford, to build a pier there. The following year he built a new kind of boat, which he called the Zangada, and spent many happy hours sailing in it around Belfast Lough.

His taste for mechanics was strong and he prepared a paper giving an account of the many mechanical projects he had carried out from early childhood. One of these contained the fundamental idea of the screw-propeller which was used on ships, whose captains reported an increased speed and a smaller consumption of coal.

On the 20th June 1848, he was made a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Telford medal was given to him. Later that year he built two lighthouses in Soldier’s Point, Dundalk. In May 1851, he moved to Queenstown where he and his son laid the foundation for the lighthouse in the cove of Cork. During the winter months spent there, he amused himself by writing on the flight of birds and men’ efforts to fly.

Even in his poorest and anxious days, Alexander Mitchell was full of good spirit. When friends called, there was always music, as he played the flute and accordion, and sang many Irish songs. In 1864, his wife died at the age of 86. He died four years later on 25th June 1868.

He is indeed a man to be honored and admired, a man of enormous courage, hope and human sympathy, as well as a clear and vigorous intellect. His cheerfulness and independence led most people to forget his blindness.

March Las Vegas Reception

piertech-lasvegasPlease join us in Fabulous  Las Vegas, Nevada, March 6th for a fun-filled evening reception! We will also be showing the long anticipated , New and Improved Cross-Bolt Connection. This patented Helical connection will continue to revolutionize the industry. PierTech will also be offering an Installer Certification Seminar. All events will take place at the hotel.

Reception
We would like to show our customers and friends our sincere appreciation for your business with a exciting reception at  THEhotel –

6pm- 11pm Thursday,  March 6th

Come meet the PierTech Team and enjoy an open bar, snacks, hors-d’oeuvres, and a few surprises. Please call to be added to our VIP guest list at (636)-536-5007.

Certification Seminar

The FREE Seminar will be held at  THEhotel –

10am- 2pm Thursday, March 6th

The FREE seminar will be hosted on a first come first serve basis so please call to reserve your spot TODAY at (636)-536-5007. The seminar consists of the following:
• Certification to become a PierTech installer
• Introduction to the new and improved PierTech Cross-Bolt Connection
• Training for  Monitoring and installing the PierTech System
• Understanding soil mechanics & design criteria
• Marketing training 
• An Overview of markets in which PierTech’s products are being utilized
• A full question and Answer Session with Piertech Experts

Be the one of the first to see PierTech’s NEW Cross-Bolt Connection

• INSTANT Bolt Alignment
• DEFORMATION-FREE Bolts and Holes
• NEVER need a ladder for ANY length of pile

If you are interested in attending either the seminar, the reception, or both; give us a call at (636)536-5007 asap to sign up.

And remember you can always follow us on Twitter, where we will be updating and tweeting throughout the events!

See you in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas Reception and Seminar

piertech-lasvegasPlease join us in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, January 21st & 22nd for a fun-filled evening reception! We will have an open bar, snacks, hors-d’oeuvres, door prizes, and some surprises. We will also be introducing the long-anticipated, New and Improved Cross-Bolt Connection. This patented Helical connection will continue to revolutionize the industry. PierTech will also be offering an Installer-Certification-Seminars. All events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Reception

We would like to show our customers and friends our sincere appreciation for your business with a fun-filled reception at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

6 pm- 11 pm Tuesday, January 21st

Come meet the PierTech Team and enjoy an open bar, snacks, hors-d’oeuvres, door prizes, and a few surprises. Please call to be added to our VIP guest list at (636)-536-5007

Certification Seminars

The FREE Seminars will be held at The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino-

10 am- 2 pm Tuesday, January 21st

The FREE seminars will be hosted on a first come first serve basis so please call to reserve your spot TODAY at (636)-536-5007. The seminars consist of the following:

  • Certification to become a PierTech installer
  • Introduction to the new and improved PierTech Cross-Bolt Connection
  • Training for monitoring and installing the PierTech System
  • Understanding soil mechanics & design criteria
  • Marketing training
  • An Overview of markets in which PierTech’s products are being utilized
  • A full question and answer session with Piertech experts

Be the First to see PierTech’s NEW Cross-Bolt Connection

INSTANT Bolt Alignment
DEFORMATION FREE Bolts and Holes
NEVER need a ladder for ANY length of pile

If you are interested in attending either a seminar or a reception or both, give us a call at (636)536-5007 ASAP to sign up.

And remember you can always follow us on Twitter, where we will be updating and tweeting throughout the events!

See you in Las Vegas!

How To Install A Helical Pier

Helical Piers InstallIf you are thinking about self-installing helical piers or want to add the capabilities to your construction services, here is a brief overview of how to install a helical pier, helical anchor, or helical pile.

Installation Overview

Installation is to be performed by a trained and/or certified PierTech Systems contractor or dealer. PierTech offers free training to all of its installers. Using a hydraulic drive head, install helical piles to required depths. Specific torques and position are shown in drawings and specifications for the specific piers you are working with.

Torque monitoring tools are an essential part of the installation process. They can be located on the equipment or as a separate in-line unit. Their job is to keep a record of the torque and pressure. Torque shall be monitored throughout the entire installation process. Calibrated torque monitoring data will be made available upon request from the project engineer. Each Pile that is installed will have identification, complete torque, complete depth and a pile description recorded in an installation summary. The torque head used should put out more torque than required minimum from the engineer.

Connect the manufacture’s approved adapters to the installation equipment so that the pile can be properly installed. Install them with a continuous motion, with an advancement rate of 5 to 20 rpm. This rate should match the pitch on the pile. Make sure to apply enough downward pressure to help the advancement of the pile into the ground.

Following designed drawings align helical pile. Place the anchor on a pinned location and gain the necessary angular alignment. If the soil is rocky, very hard or full of gravel move to offset marks for pile repositions. Make the connection with high-grade bolts and nuts. If there is anything preventing the proper installment of the pier in the indicated position, remove the substance that is in the way or relocate the pile. When relocating the pile, consult with the project engineer because this could affect the positioning of other piles.

Minimum depth is typically considered five times the diameter of the uppermost helix or the maximum anticipated frost depth. Piles that reach max torque rating before reaching minimum indicated depth shall be subject to either termination at depth; only with the approval of project engineer, or replace with smaller and /or fewer helix pile, installed beyond the termination point of original pile.

How Much Can Helical Pier Bear?

Bearing capacity is defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers as, “That load which can be sustained by a pile foundation without producing objectionable settlement or material movement – initial or progressive – resulting in damage to the structure or interfering with its use.”

In simpler terms, how much weight can the pile permanently hold without moving or settling.

There is no clear-cut answer to how much a single pier can hold. It is determined by a litany of factors that must be calculated to determine how many piers will be needed to support your home or building properly.

Here are the ten factors that determine the bearing capacity of a helical pier.

1. Soil type and properties
2. Groundwater and/or surface conditions
3. Pile configuration (pipe size, number of helices, material thickness)
4. Pile material used
5. Dimension of pile (cross-section, length)
6. Depth of installed pile
7. Pile positioning (vertical, horizontal or battered)
8. Distance between piles
9. Installation torque
10. Type of loading (alternating, step-loading, static and others)

Helical Piers: The Secret Weapon to Repairing a Foudation

Foundation problems are a nightmare for homeowners. The costs, labor, and anxiety of finding the right solution can cause a lot of stress. It jeopardizes your greatest asset and your family’s security. Gone unrepaired, it can mean the loss of your home. Luckily, PierTech System’s helical piers can save you from all of these worries and permanently fix your home.

Signs Your Foundation Needs Repair

Foundation problems can manifest themselves in a few areas. In the exterior of your home, you may notice cracks in your bricks, sagging rooflines, doors, and windows that won’t shut properly, and cracks in your foundation. On the inside, cracks in your drywall, gaps in your floor and walls, doors and windows that won’t shut properly, and screws that are popping out can be signs that your house is sinking. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is best to call a certified PierTech foundation repair specialist. They can advise you on the best course of action to take.

Helical Piers: The Secret Weapon

Whenever you are facing a foundation repair, the most important thing is to fix it permanently. You do not want a temporary fix that will need replacing in a few years. PierTech’s patented helical pier and anchor system is the longest lasting solution on the market. It provides a permanent repair from day one and continues for the entire life of your home. By boring the pier deep into, Like an oversized screw, the helical pier screws into the ground. Say goodbye to long curing times, once buried, the piers are ready to use. Finally, attaching our tru-lift bracket gives your home the stability it needs. Although foundation repairs can seem overwhelming, PierTech makes it simple. Our helical piers and brackets will support your home and give you a secure foundation.

Could You Be a Dealer?

The specialists in helical piers and foundation solutions, PierTech Systems, has announced that they have territories available both in the United States and Canada in which to become an official PierTech dealer. The company has opportunities for contractors and installers to become official PierTech dealers. They will be given their own territory after having completed an extensive training program.

PierTech provides the construction industry with the highest quality foundation, soil stabilization, and piering systems products that are highly economical. They offer patented helical piers and piering products that give dealers a competitive edge in the marketplace. PierTech dealers benefit from the company’s years of expertise, thorough advice, and guidance both during their training and thereafter. PierTech provides enough support to guide a dealer through the most demanding of jobs.

From helical piers and helical anchors to complete tilt-up construction applications, PierTech’s foundation solutions provide strength and quality in every situation and are priced highly competitively. PierTech has revolutionized the tilt-up industry with its innovative, patented designs and a service that recognizes the importance of customer care. They know how vital it is to have their products constantly available and they pride themselves on surpassing their customers’ expectations.

PierTech Systems develops foundations for the 21st century and holds patents on helical construction and underpinning products. The care and attention PierTech puts into their product development and patenting is matched by the care with which they select and train every distributor and dealer in their organization. PierTech’s network is unrivaled in the industry due to the experience of the people within that network. Their dealer training program covers everything an individual could possibly need to know about the PierTech System. This includes operation, installation, maintenance, safety measures, and how to calculate live and dead loads.

PierTech continues to assist members of their dealer network once the training program is completed. Their engineering and technical support staff carry on giving valuable, expert advice both by telephone and on-site. There is also a dedicated ‘Dealer’ section of the PierTech website.