Gazebo Recovery Over Pond Case Studies
Problem: Ram Jack evaluated a burgaw, north carolina gazebo built over a pond on
eight (8) 8 in. by 8 in. timber piles embedded 6 to 8 feet below grade.
The piles had settled approximately 12 inches. Half of the wood piles
were also located in the pond.
Proposed Solution: A North Carolina licensed engineer specified eight Ram Jack helical piles:
four on the land side and four water side. Piles were to be installed
to a depth where the soil density was strong enough to provide a proper
load bearing stratum in order to lift the gazebo back into position. Ram
Jack Foundation Solutions proposed using the 2 7/8in. diameter helical
piles with a single 12 inch helix along with the Ram Jack patented coastal
Timber bracket attached to the 8 in. by 8 in. timber piles.
Outcome: The Ram Jack hydraulically-driven twin-cylinder piling system allowed Ram
Jack Residential Foundation Solutions to achieve complete recovery with
12 in. of lift quickly. The four land side helical piles were driven an
average of 11 ft., and the four helical piles on the water side of the
gazebo were driven an average of 25 ft. Laser levels were used to ensure
the gazebo was square during the lifting of the structure. This same system
has been used to lift various types of buildings and structures across
the country, including the beaches in Galveston, TX; eastern nc; and now
in new Jersey to help in the hurricane Sandy Rebuilding project.
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