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ramjack, helical piles

VersaGrade is a licensed certified Ram Jack Installer, and is happy to provide Ram Jack solutions. Ram Jack recently was able to participate in the very first liquefaction testing of remedial helical piles ever to take place in the United States. The shake test occurred on April 2, 2019, at the University of California, San…

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Micropiles and Soil Nails: What Projects Benefit

December 22nd, 2017 by Chris Mitchell
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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I Have Foundation Cracks – Should I Be Concerned?

October 5th, 2017 by Chris Mitchell
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 foundation repair contractors/residential foundation contractors. Home buyers may see problems that call for your foundation fixing but walk away from a potential transaction or ask for a reduction in the sales price. Truth…

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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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Stoker Project Basement Wall Repair 3/17/16

March 17th, 2016 by Chris Mitchell
foundation prep

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 by Chris Mitchell

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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Fixing Foundation of Manzanita 5/15/2015

May 15th, 2015 by Chris Mitchell

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. Fixing the foundation was a task that needed…

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General Engineering Contractor Reno All the way to Winnemucca, Nevada for one pile!  The Humbolt County Hospital is on Phase 3 of several planned additions. A section of the existing building needed to be supported so an elevator pit could be safely excavated and constructed immediately adjacent to the existing foundation. To prevent the need…

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