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My deck company builds about 50 projects a year. That’s a lot of footings, especially when you hate digging footing holes and mixing up concrete as much as I do. Since I began building with helical piers, I’ve stopped wearing out shovels and posthole diggers. I no longer worry about the inspector arriving on schedule to look at my footing holes — or about watching them fill up with water if he doesn’t. And once a pier is installed, I know exactly how much weight it can support.
A helical pier is a manufactured steel foundation pin that is driven into the soil to a depth below frostline using hydraulic machinery. Helical piers are primarily used in heavy commercial work, but they’re also well-suited for backyard decks, additions, and foundation repairs.
“Passionate” is the best word that can be used to describe Greg DiBernardo. His professional world revolves around constructing beautiful outdoor spaces for his clients using cutting edge materials and methods that will stand the test of time.
Greg is a nationally recognized figure in the deck building industry. He’s a regular contributor to the industry’s trade publication, Professional Deck Builder magazine, writing feature articles that dictate the deck and outdoor industry’s best practices for design, construction and management. He’s also a Contributing Editor for Tools of the Trade magazine and a frequent author for The Journal of Light Construction and Fine Home Building.
He has been a presenter and speaker for the National Association of Remodelers (NARI) and large building supply companies on advanced deck building and business topics.
A deck and construction industry insider, Greg’s notoriety affords him close personal connections with major industry manufacturers assisting them with product development, design and testing of new and existing building materials.
Greg has also made TV appearances on the The Today Show,DIY Network,Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, House Smarts, and the Food Network.
He resides in Canton, GA with his wife and daughter.