It’s Time to Consider Helical-Pile Footings
Steel piles screwed into the ground can support anything from mailboxes to houses.
Synopsis: Helical piles are steel footings that screw into the ground. Author Jeremy Hess installs them to support structures such as decks, porches, and boardwalks; to shore up failing house footings; and to underpin settling concrete slabs. Here, he discusses the parts of a helical pile, how to install one, and how to attach it to a structure.
After almost 20 years in construction, I became a dealer for Techno Metal Post (TMP), a helical-pile manufacturer. Helical piles can be driven almost anywhere, install in minutes, don’t make a mess, and come in sizes that can support an enormous variety of structures. Since becoming a dealer, I’ve installed piles to support decks, porches, boardwalks across wetlands, industrial equipment, and business signs; to shore up failing house footings; and to underpin concrete slabs that were settling. Some of the machines used to drive the piles are small enough that they can…