Timber Column Project
Situation: When hurricane Ike hit the shores of Texas, the island of Surfside and
Galveston were on the western side of the storm. This is where the surge
of water exited back into the ocean taking 5 to 6 feet of sand and dunes
with it. The erosion caused catastrophic damage leveling most of the structures
on the beach. However, some of the structures survived total collapse
but had settled several feet. The home shown to the left had settled 3
to 6.5 feet from its original elevation. The structure had deflected 6
inches at the top of the timber piles.
Solution: The home was supported on (32) 10” x 10” square timber piles.
A Ram Jack helical pile was installed at each timber pile to a depth of
34’-0. The helical pile was then attached to the timber pile with
Ram Jack’s timber column bracket. Due to the excessive differential
settlement that had occurred, individual lifting of the timber piles was
out of the question as it would have created additional racking and stress
to the structure. Therefore, hydraulic cylinders were placed at each timber
pile and manifolded together with independent controls at each location
to provide a controlled uniform lift of the structure. Once the structure
had been lifted back to its original elevation, Ram Jack helical anchors
were installed and used to pull the structure plumb.
Conclusion: The home was able to be repaired for a fraction of the tear down and re-build
costs. If you have foundation problems, Ram Jack has the solution.
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