Can anyone install helical piles?

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So, you’ve heard of helical piles and are convinced they would be the best solution for your construction project, but you’re wondering if you or your contractor could install them? Well, there are a couple key factors to consider before trying to take this on. The short answer is that your project requires a certified helical pile installer.

People are often misled by the simplistic design of the helical pile, since, let’s face it: it’s a round tube with a welded helix on it. But, rest assured, they are much more complex than one might think.

THE MATH BEHIND HELICAL PILES

GoliathTech helical pile loadings and conversion charts

GoliathTech helical pile loadings and conversion charts

 

The first thing you need to consider is the math behind our proven load charts that show a correlation between torque and capacity. There’s a complex mathematical formula used to determine how much torque to apply to the pile depending on the load to support. So if you don’t have those conversion numbers, then how will you know how much your piles can actually support?

 

Below are two examples of torque reading devices.

 

TorqHUB monitor

TorqHUB monitor

 

PSI gauge

PSI gauge

CALIBRATE, CALIBRATE

Another important factor is that our helical piles need to be installed using calibrated equipment, typically using a mini excavator. You might think, my contractor has an excavator, could he not install them with his machine?

 

Calibrated hydraulic anchor drive head

Calibrated hydraulic anchor drive head

 

Mini excavator mounted with drive head & PSI gauge

Mini excavator mounted with drive head & PSI gauge

 

What distinguishes the equipment that our installers use is that the excavators are mounted with a calibrated hydraulic anchor drive head, to which are attached unique adaptors that fit with our GoliathTech helical piles.

And last but certainly not least is training! 

GOLIATHTECH INSTALLERS: A CUT ABOVE

GoliathTech installers undergo extensive training to ensure that all projects are installed according to code. We provide accurate documentation as to the loads that every helical pile installed can support, which wouldn’t be possible if these were installed by just anyone.

If you have questions regarding the installation of helical piles, please contact us! We’d love to help!

 

About GoliathTech

Since 2004, GoliathTech has been the most important manufacturer and installer in the helical (screw) pile industry worldwide. Our patented helical pile foundation system surpasses industry standards and has earned us multiple awards and prizes.

Carried out by certified installers, our quick installation process avoids excavation, which protects your landscape and allows you to begin building as soon as the piles are in the ground. Moreover, you can anchor GoliathTech’s helical pile foundations into any soil or space year-round. Installed deep into the ground, beneath the frost line, they solidly support the structure in even the most extreme conditions. Our technology guarantees that a helical (screw) pile foundation won’t move or crack over time.

Integrating both strength and know-how, GoliathTech offers the best anchoring solution to support your residential, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Trust the experience and expertise of GoliathTech for your foundation projects. Find a certified GoliathTech installer in your region or become a franchisee.