[Greenbuilding] Fence posts--gravel or concrete

Matt Dirksen dirksengreen at gmail.com
Thu May 12 11:51:12 PDT 2011


I would check w/ your local jurisdiction (if a permit is reqd.)

Around here, we have been using "Techno Metal Posts" (
http://www.technopnb.com/english/technopost.htm) for decks and pier
additions for the past several years.

Until recently, they approved our project plans w/o an engineer's stamp,
knowing we would have an engineer's report once the posts were screwed in.
Now they require an engineer to stamp our drawings prior to submittal, as
well as after the pier are installed.

For small projects, this extra engineering fee simply hurts the client, with
no added benefit.

Matt


On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 2:02 AM, Kathy Cochran <
kathys_old_house at goldrush.com> wrote:

> That's a great idea to use precast piers with stakes,
> (<http://www.pinfoundations.com/) but where I live, on virtually a bed of
> rock, I'd have a heck of a time getting the stakes into the ground.  I'd
> have to use dynamite!
>
> Kathy Cochran
> San Andreas, California
>
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> [mailto:greenbuilding-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org] On Behalf Of JOHN
> SALMEN
> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:45 PM
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>
> I hadn't thought of precasting but I like that they are using tubes (much
> more surface area). Would be hard to get the pad placement accurate I would
> think on hard soils as the pounding loves to shift things. Looks like a
> great product - ducks unlimited must love them for boardwalks.
>
> The timber trellis structure at providence (including the rock bases) is
> supported on pounded tripods (disturbed clay base) and I expected some
> settlement over time but nothing over 6-7 years. I had hoped parks might
> get
> interested in the approach but they seem to like heli lifting concrete.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:greenbuilding-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org] On Behalf Of Chris
> Koehn
> Sent: May-10-11 6:25 PM
> To: Greenbuilding at bioenergylists.org
> Subject: Re: [Greenbuilding] Fence posts--gravel or concrete
>
> John's post reminded me of a company offering a pre-engineered post
> solution
> for decks and elevated walk-ways: <http://www.pinfoundations.com/>
> Anyone use these? Minimal site disturbance is a good thing..
>
> Chris
> TimberGuides
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