proper void placement

Concrete Void Forms: One Way to Deal with Colorado’s Expansive Soils

When pondering natural hazards in Colorado, we might think of lightning strikes, violent hailstorms, wind, blizzards, flash floods, meteorites and maybe even Bigfoot. But the number one natural hazard, according to the Colorado Geological Survey, actually comes from the ground. It takes the dreaded form of swelling soils and heaving bedrock. […]

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5 Reasons to Use a Balanced or Cantilever Footing

The child’s game of Tiddlywinks demonstrates the principles of eccentric loads. When certain property and design limitations result in offset centers of gravity between a column or wall and its footing pad, you need to engage a balancing act. Otherwise, your footings can tilt or overturn after the fashion of a Tiddlywink disk bearing pressure on its edge. […]

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foundation footing system

Foundation Footing Systems: Grade Beam vs. Spread Footing

When thinking of the system that supports houses or commercial buildings, most people think it begins with the foundation. But even a foundation system needs a foundation, so the very first element when preparing the vertical support scheme is the foundation footer. While not all footings require reinforced concrete, we’ll concentrate on two types that […]

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