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5 Common House Foundation Problems and Solutions

5 Common House Foundation Problems and Solutions

One of the biggest headaches that homeowners face regarding home repairs and maintenance is when the foundation of the house begins to shift or crack. There are usually simple and easy fixes for foundation problems if they are caught early enough. It is always good stewardship to check basement walls ...

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Common Methods Used For Bracing Sides of Shallow Excavations

Common Methods Used For Bracing Sides of Shallow Excavations

The foundations for most structure are established below the surface of the ground. Therefore, they cannot be constructed until the soil or rock above the base level of the foundation has been excavated. Ordinarily it is not the function of the foundation engineer to select the equipment for excavating at ...

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How To Build a Building Foundation – 10 Steps

How To Build a Building Foundation – 10 Steps

When constructing a foundation for a building, it is generally best to have a professional come in and do most of the work. There are some skilled do-it-yourselves out there, though, who can properly build a foundation for a small outbuilding. A civil engineer must to know the details of ...

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How To Build a Shed Foundation: 5 Simple Steps

How To Build a Shed Foundation: 5 Simple Steps

When building a shed foundation, there are two basic categories: on-grade and frost-proof. Most sheds are built using on-grade foundations as they are the simpler of the two. Frost-proof or permanent foundations are much more difficult to build and they are strong and long-lasting. On-grade foundations do not require deep ...

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How To Repair Concrete Foundation Cracks – 5 Simple Steps

How To Repair Concrete Foundation Cracks – 5  Simple Steps

Foundations will shift and settle over time and cracks will form. Many times minor cracks do not cause any really problems to the structural integrity of the structure. It is essential, however, to stop the cracks from spreading and becoming problematic in the future. It can be relatively simple to ...

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Foundation Crack – Cost of Cracked Foundation Repair

Foundation Crack – Cost of Cracked Foundation Repair

Cracked foundations can be disastrous for a structure. The most common cause of a cracked foundation is settlement. As the foundation shifts and settles into the ground over time, cracks can occur. Depending upon the severity of the settlement the cost of cracked foundation repair will vary. Cracked Foundation Repair ...

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Earthquake Proof Building Design Summary

Earthquake Proof Building Design Summary

The aim of earthquake resistant building design is to prevent total collapse of building structures. It saves human lives. It relies on ductility (ability to deform inelastically) and redundancy (many load path). The aim of earthquake proof building design is also to control structural and nonstructural damage in structures. It ...

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Caisson Foundation | Types, Uses, Advantages and Disadvantages of Caisson Foundation

Caisson Foundation | Types, Uses, Advantages and Disadvantages of Caisson Foundation

Caisson Foundation Caisson foundation is also known as pier foundation. Caisson is a cylinder or hollow box that is sunk into the ground to a specified depth by auguring a deep hole into the strata. The cylinder or box is then back filled with concrete, thus creating the foundation. This ...

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Foundation Construction Requirements and Foundation Failure Causes

Foundation Construction Requirements and Foundation Failure Causes

Foundation Construction Requirements For a good building foundation construction, there are some requirements to be followed in general. These helps foundation to provide stability and increase bearing capacity. Foundations should be such that it can easily carry dead load and imposed load of the structure and transfer the loads to ...

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Shallow Foundation | Advantages and Disadvantages of Shallow Foundation

Shallow Foundation | Advantages and Disadvantages of Shallow Foundation

Shallow foundations are the foundations that have a depth less than or equal to its width. Advantages of Shallow Foundation Foundations with shallow depths are beneficial for some aspects. Some advantages of shallow foundation is listed below. Shallow foundation is convenient for foundations having depth is equal or less than the ...

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Timber Piles | Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Piles

Timber Piles | Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Piles

When Timber Piles are used Timber piles are advantageous in wet and compressive soils to build light structures. Cost is reduced in timber piling. Piles are generally used as friction piles. Timber pile are mostly square or circular shaped. Advantages of Timber Piles Timber piles are used in many developed ...

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Drilled Piers – Advantages and Disadvantages of Drilled Piers

Drilled Piers – Advantages and Disadvantages of Drilled Piers

Drilled Piers A drilled pier is a large diameter concrete cylinder built in the ground. For construction of a drilled pier, a large diameter hole is drilled in the ground and subsequently filled with concrete. The difference between a drilled pier and a bored pile is basically of the size. ...

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Chemical Stabilization of Soils

Chemical Stabilization of Soils

In chemical stabilization, soil is stabilized by adding different chemicals. The main advantage of chemical stabilization is that setting time and curing time can be controlled. Chemical stabilization is however generally more expensive than other types of stabilization. Factors Affecting Chemical Stabilization of Soils Chemical soil stabilization is affected by ...

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Field Vane Test (FVT)

Field Vane Test (FVT)

The field vane test (FVT) was originated in the early 1990 and used as early as 1919 in Sweden by Olsson. Later in 1950, Cadling and Odenstad presented research work that helped make field vane test (FVT) a prominent in situ test for clays. FVT is primarily used to obtain ...

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Negative Skin Friction in Piles

Negative Skin Friction in Piles

Skin friction is a very important factor in civil engineering construction. In so many mega-structures skin friction concept is used including the great “Burj-Al-Arab” to solve the impediments imposed during the construction. But negative skin friction is something we should be always aware of. It can cause serious damage to ...

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Pile Foundation | Concrete Piles, Steel Piles, Timber Piles and Composite Piles

Pile Foundation | Concrete Piles, Steel Piles, Timber Piles and Composite Piles

Pile Foundation A pile is a slender structural member made of steel, concrete or timber. In pile foundation, a pile is either driven into the soil and or formed in-situ by excavating a hole and filling it with concrete. There are piles made of different types of materials used in ...

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Mat or Raft Foundation | Advantages and Disadvantages of Raft Foundation

Mat or Raft Foundation | Advantages and Disadvantages of Raft Foundation

Raft Foundation Mat or raft foundation is a large slab supporting a number of columns and walls under the entire structure or a large part of the structure to lower the contact pressure compared to spread footing. When Mat/Raft Foundation is Recommended It is recommended for the following purposes. Bearing ...

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Rational Method | Objectives and Assumptions of Rational Method

Rational Method | Objectives and Assumptions of Rational Method

Rational Method The rational method is an intensity based rainfall method, meaning that it can be used to predict peak flows based on the characteristics of the catchment area and a rainfall event. Objectives of Rational Method Many hydraulic design problems require simply an estimation of the peak flow rate ...

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Weathering and Erosion Worksheets

Weathering and Erosion Worksheets

Weathering and erosion worksheets are very useful for educational purposes. Some very useful weathering and erosion worksheets are provided below for usage in educational purposes. Most of these worksheets are collected from different respective teachers and they have no objection on sharing these worksheets. Thanks to Mr. Bouchard and others. ...

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The Differences Between Weathering and Erosion | Weathering Vs Erosion

The Differences Between Weathering and Erosion | Weathering Vs Erosion

Weathering and Erosion Weathering and erosion are sometimes misjudged by thinking that they are the same thing or somewhat similar. But the fact is weathering and erosion are completely different actions with different mechanism. The similarity between these two action is that they both are parts of a single process ...

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