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micropiles

What Are Micropiles Micropiles are small diameter piles, typically between 3-12 inches, that are used for foundation underpinning and new construction. They can extend up to 200 feet, and provide deep foundation support for a variety of structures. Micropiles can be useful in areas where space limitations exist or where soil conditions are not practical…

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foundation settlement

With the exception of houses built on solid rock, ALL foundations settle over time. A typical total foundation settlement range is up to approximately one inch. The alternative is to build on soil, which has a tendency to settle or in some cases, depending on soil type and moisture changes, heave over time. The purpose…

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foundation crack repair

Foundation cracks worry a lot of people. Home inspectors may tell you that they need to be repaired, and to consult with a Foundation Repair Contractor. Home buyers may see problems and walk away from a potential transaction, or ask for a reduction in the sales price. Truth is, most foundations have cracks. It is…

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VersaGrade Foundation Repair Case Study

VersaGrade, Inc. Specialty Foundation Design Project VersaGrade’s foundation design specialty project for the 12,000 square foot expansion of STEP 2, a non-profit organization in Reno, NV, was recently featured in an industry newsletter! Read the entire case study, originally featured on the Helical Pile World website and newsletter. “The soils investigation confirmed the project site would not…

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A structure does not have to be older to be in need of foundation repair. Construction, soils, and weather can all play a role. The warning signs which indicate foundation problems are subtle. If ignored, a small hint foundation repair is necessary could turn into a bigger project down the road.   Here are 5 warning…

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION Residential homes around Reno Nevada built between the 1920’s -50’s were typically built with unfinished basements for food, coal, & dry storage.  A fair amount of these basements were constructed with little or no reinforcing steel.  It was not uncommon for the structures that did have reinforcement, to consist of old fence posts,…

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foundation repair

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: J & J Nevada was a project involving a seismic retrofit and tenant improvement to an existing warehouse in Sparks, Nevada.  Additional truck docks were required to be installed, changing the structural characteristics of the tilt up concrete building.  The installation of a moment frame on the interior of the structure required some…

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foundation prep

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: STEP 2 is a private non-profit organization that has been serving Northern Nevada since 1986.  Its mission is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services related to the treatment and recovery of chemically dependent women and their families.  The 12,000 square foot expansion project adds a 20 bed residential housing component and storage facility to…

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New Guy Anchors 5/18/2015

May 18th, 2015

A project for NV Energy required the installation of Helical Anchors for guy wire supports on power poles that needed to be replaced.  Access was the challenge for this project as the power poles were in common areas and behind houses with limited space.  One of our Compact Excavators equipped with a Hydraulic Torque Drive…

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A residential remodel posed some interesting issues when it was discovered that an enclosed patio portion of the structure had settled over 3″.  The plan was to underpin two columns that supported the patio and re-level.  This proved to be an issue once the footings were uncovered.  Both column foundations were different and not of…

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