A helical foundation (pile) is a factory manufactured steel foundation consisting of a central shaft with one or more helical-shaped bearing plates. The terms “foundation” or “pile” typically refer to a compression application. Helical piles are referred to as helical anchors when used in a tension application.
Ram Jack® manufactures helical piles and extensions in a wide array of shaft diameters (2 ⅜”, 2 ⅞”, 3 ½”, 4 ½”,5 ½”, 6 ⅝”, and 8 ½”.We have the facility to design and fabricate special orders as well, meeting any shaft diameters your project calls for. All helical shafts and extensions are carbon steel with minimum yield strength of 65 ksi.
All our helical pile components have a thermoplastic coating, which has been specifically designed to provide a long-lasting, tough coating. The thermoplastic coating meets the Acceptance Criteria for Corrosion Protection of Steel Foundation Systems Using Polymer (EAA) Coatings (AC228). The acceptance criterion was adopted by the International Code Council (ICC) in October 2003. The thermoplastic coating is environment-friendly and has a technical lifespan of 50 years.
Ram Jack helical piles may be used in new construction where the costs or risks associated with conventional concrete foundations dictate, or they can be utilized to sustain or remediate existing structures whose foundations are in distress.
Driven steel piles are sometimes referred to as push or resistance piles. They are used to underpin the foundation of an existing structure. The piles are pushed into the soil with hydraulic cylinders by using the weight of the structure as a reaction force. Each pile is installed individually, utilizing the maximum resistance of the structure as a reaction force.
Ram Jack® manufactures two different sizes of driven steel piles: 2 ⅞” and 3 ½” diameters. We also have the facility to custom fabricate any size for special orders.
Hydraulically-driven steel piles use the weight of the structure as a reaction force during installation, which means they are only used for remedial foundation repairs. The structure must have sufficient weight to allow enough force to be applied to the pile to reach a load-supporting strata.
A micropile is a long, steel device that goes deep into the ground to create a strong foundation for large, heavy buildings. Micropiles are highly useful because they do not take up much space, and allow for tall buildings to be built in cramped spaces. They are designed to sustain extremely heavy loads, and have been known to uphold weights in the excess of 1,000 tons.
Ram Jack West has the skills and technology necessary to install these powerful foundation devices so that you can build your business exactly as envisioned, even in congested areas or on top of poor quality soil. If the neighborhood your business is located in is undergoing construction, you may want to consider installing a micropile to ensure that shifting ground will not impact your building’s foundation.
Micropiles have quickly become a favorite tool for construction workers. They are relatively quick and easy to install, and do phenomenal work repairing a building with a damaged foundation. Micropiles can also be installed without pre-drilling, saving hours of time and cutting down on construction costs.