Pier Foundations

JLC Field Guide: Pier Foundations

Pier-and-grade-beam foundations can be as simple as a sonotube foundation for a porch or small addition, or as complex as an engineered foundation for expansive soils.

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Working With Helical Piers
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Working With Helical Piers

Engineered steel piles are an affordable foundation option for small jobs and... More

Slideshow - On Site with Diamond Pier
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Slideshow - On Site with Diamond Pier

Coastal Connection travels to Provincetown, Mass., to see a contractor make quick... More

Pier-and-Beam Foundations
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Pier-and-Beam Foundations

For problem soils, there’s no better foundation type, but you better get the... More

Floating a Boathouse
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Floating a Boathouse

Working underwater raises a landmark above water More

A Pier-and-Beam Foundation For a Coastal Site
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A Pier-and-Beam Foundation For a Coastal Site

Where unstable soil and periodic tidal flooding are a concern, helical piers... More

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Sizing Deck Piers
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Sizing Deck Piers
Fast, Accurate, and Attractive Piers
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Fast, Accurate, and Attractive Piers

Square wood forms knocked together from scrap lumber put piers in the right place... More

Helical Pile Foundations
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Helical Pile Foundations

Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in... More

Working With Sonotubes
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Working With Sonotubes

Every porch or deck I build starts with level footings and solid, plumb concrete... More

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Q&A: Sinking Foundation

Q. I'm looking at a wood frame house with a block foundation that is settling. The basement wall sits on a 20-inch-wide concrete footing, but someone later poured a concrete brick shelf from footing to grade and then put brick veneer siding on the house. More

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