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    Good that your busy Larry......for Buddha sake hang on to that rail......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry57Savoy View Post
    Right on Carlos, mudjacking and helical anchors kinda stuff? Those guys make some loot but I'm sure not everyone can pay!
    Indeed Larry ,most houses need Masonry before or after Foundation repair.I do Foundation Repair on Pier and Beam houses which tend to be older houses many over 100 years old As well as houses on Concrete Slab foundations which tend to be more contemporary homes, the Pier and beam houses are either on Concrete posts, or Cedar posts, house is usually above ground, and for Concrete Slab Foundations I use the "Driven pier" system or" Pressed piers" same thing. Both types of homes require digging lots of it.. I dont use the Auger system theres a few companies in town that do ,most companies here use the hydraulicly driven pre-cast piers because that system rarley fails unless theres water via a leak ect...
    Its a common thing down here in the Southern states, Up North houses are built with basements different deal, not as many Foundation Repair companies up north,houses move less up North, over here most houses either need it or will. Its good work pays well when its busy when work slows down not soo much, every now and then Ill get a slickster that doesnt want to pay thats rare though,,Its an expensive repair thats why whenver the economey slows people will put it off.All the digging is done by hand 95% of the time just straight shoveling.Ive been in this line of work since 98' and on my own since 2000, As you know in your line of work you meet all types of people and your never in the same place , that keeps it interesting.



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    We call that under-pinning.

    It often needs to be done near big trees because the trees tend to suck up all the water in the earth making it shrink, affecting the footings of the house.


    My old next door neighbour had to have a root barrier inserted into his back yard to protect the house.
    Everything's good!

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    Do you have a trailer for your scaffolding? Or are they on casters and you tie them to the bumper of your truck with a rope??


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    I have confidence in Mr. Brooks abilities. Though Larry is a redneck (hardworker), I won't hold that against him.
    Go outside and enjoy life.

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    I have a new hire for you Larry.......she'll work for nothing and wont complain....ever.....





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    Remember that Larrbie's Birthday is tomorrow ...


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    I have a new hire for you Larry.......she'll work for nothing and wont complain....ever.....

    Send her down John, I can work her under the table!!



    Send her down John, I can work her under the table!!

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    Building a BBQ pit for a man out of all recycled brick and 250 fire brick. This is his personal pit. He likes to smoke stuff, a lot. The racks will be 40" X 48". Full rack lower and half rack upper. He'll then have a cover for the top and he hopes to leave the front open. He might be able to. He is making a damper that will swivel in the chimney at the hight we stopped at this evening. Like a paddle.

    We still have to extend the chimney up a lot more past his roof and then he will frame a lean to roof over everything. Should be pretty cool when we finish it. Tony got got by the Bear today. Had him locked up. I got close. Couldn't laugh or cut up.






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    Carlos, so do you jack those piers/cylinders down? I'd like to see some more on that operation. Prolly cheaper than helical coils that they auger in and leave in the ground!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry57Savoy View Post
    Carlos, so do you jack those piers/cylinders down? I'd like to see some more on that operation. Prolly cheaper than helical coils that they auger in and leave in the ground!
    Basically yes its a very powerful jack its a pump/motor hooked up to a hose then the jack. they run anywhere from $1500-$5000 depending on the condition/ capacity of the machine,Power team ,Enerpac are a couple brands. various industries use them with differnt attachments , they are also used for buildings, and in the aircraft industry to press pins into wings.I have a buddy in Utah that works for a defense contractor that uses same machines we use,albeit for different apps.. Augers loossen soil on their way down, when they are inserted into the ground but hydralicly injecting these pre-cast cylinders makes them go deeper and relevant to the weight of the house.each cylinder is 6 inches wide by a foot in length they can go from a few feet deep to 30 feet or more just depends on the dirt /and weight of house, once the 1st one goes in thats it youll never get it out and you just keep stacking them. We actually pick up the house and level the house with regular 20-or 30 ton bottle jacks ,the machine is primaraly for sinking the piers although we often use it to aid in lifting the house along with the regular jacks.I charge $250 per hole or pier , however many it may take count as 1, the average concrete slab house takes 20-30 piers . Im a small time guy bigger companies charge $300 to $375 per pier. Most house slab foundation houses run $5000-$10,000 to do a complete foundation repair.bigger houses cost more or houses that need piers on the inside of house. Most houses only need the outer perimeter done.

    As with any buisness theres no escaping the man , in recent years we are now required to buy insurance , as well as spikes in permits and engineer inspections costs, a good portion of what we charge goes right back into doing the job mostly labor.
    Hopefully next yr it will pick back up, once you on your own its tough to go back to anything else....
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    Watch for the Bear, Larry. No fun. Why didn't we move up North somewhere?

    Oh, yeah. It's full of yankees. Nevermind.

    Just do be careful. Lots of water breaks.

    That's some pit!
    Pete
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    Finally finished the pit. It was kind of a side job as a foundation had to get done and more work on the control tower at Ft Benning. The owner was a good sport letting me do jobs and let his sit every now and again. He still has to get his racks built and his lift up cover. But here it is..



    Tony in the pit again. Might as well, we stay cooked anyways.


    That's all folks. Supposed to go build a smaller BBQ grill in Auburn soon and maybe another pit as big as this one. The man wants to know how good this one is going to work first!!


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    bloody hell...........what do you plan to cook on that. Whatever it is it'll be huge
    Build it yourself, then at least you know it will be right.

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    Now thats a big smoker........makes mine look like a real piece of crap.........

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    Sweet ! now theres a man that takes pride in his Q!

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    That outhouse is blocking the window!

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    We'd probably need local government permission to build something like that.
    Everything's good!

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    Foundation with 1 more day of work. This is built back on the same footers as the original house. This time changing from crawl space to slab. The original house was set on fire by a tree right against the house being struck by lightning. You can see the scorched oak in the back ground burned by the heat. Gotta put the front porch on in the morning and the base for the 2 fireplaces and pump full o de concrete.


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    Nice work Larry.

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