Lassiter recently completed a pier drilling project for a new solar panel array above a parking lot. (See our Instagram profile for clips of the work.) We drilled the holes and constructed the concrete forms for the stanchions on which the solar panels would be installed.
Pier Drilling for Bay Area Solar Panel Installations
Pier drilling is a method used for drilling deep holes or shafts in the earth to construct the concrete foundations that this solar panel installation and similar projects need. Continue reading “What is Pier Drilling and what are the Advantages?”
We are pleased to announce that Lassiter Excavating, Inc. has completed the training and met the qualifications for the PG&E Operator Qualification (OQ) that allows us to operate as a contractor on jobs that involve PG&E facilities.
PG&E Now Requires Operator Qualification to Work on Their Facilities
Contractors and project owners are invited to view our certificate, which contains a QR code that opens the record of our completion of all the training requirements:
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Your foundation supports your entire home. Inspect it annually for cracks and other damage.
With the Northern California winter season arriving in October, as a homeowner you should take some steps to prepare your foundation to survive the colder, wetter weather. Your foundation is quite literally the base for your home’s entire structure, supporting everything inside your home. Make it an annual habit to review where your foundation stands and how the stress of winter rains and water flow may impact it.
Make a visual inspection
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For most landscaping and construction projects with existing structures on the property, one of the first steps is demolition of existing features like pools, garages or in-law units. Each job is unique, especially where there is limited access, but demolition can be pretty straightforward and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. However, the most important thing is to understand what the plan is, and the tools and manpower we need to bring to bear.
Construction Demolition Methods
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Are you on the brink of deciding to remove your swimming pool?
Here are some facts that may help you dive into the decision process.
With the close of the summer season here in Northern California, pool owners are once again assessing just how much they used their pool this year. And they are posing the big question again: Is it time to pull the pool out and transform the backyard?
Pool Ownership Costs Add Up
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We have been contracted by a number of pool installers this year to assist them in installing pools using “geofoam” as part of the design. There are some very good reasons why you would want to use this foam material in pool construction, as well as in other construction applications. With regard to pool construction, Geofoam is a great choice because it simplifies the construction process itself. It provides a medium onto which the concrete can be directly formed, rather than going through a more expensive process of forming and filling structures entirely of concrete.
The Creative Use of Geofoam in Pool Construction
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When you choose a builder, landscaper or pool company, you also are choosing numerous other sub-contractors that will work in conjunction with the primary contractor you have chosen. This is especially true when heavy excavation or drilling is part of the project. Few contractors do this type of work themselves (in-house) because the equipment investment is very high, and the training needed get it done efficiently and safely make it prohibitive for contractor to do it themselves.
Landscapers Often Use Excavation and Drilling Specialists
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In Northern California many houses sit packed together on small plots. With homes of 2,500 square feet or more sitting on a lot of 5,000 sq. ft. This can present some serious challenges if you’re thinking of installing a nice swimming pool, but it’s certainly not impossible. If you’ve been told a pool can’t be built in your yard there is a good chance the company you are talking with doesn’t want to bother. Or they don’t have people with the expertise to do it.
Tight Home Lots Make for Complex Excavation Work
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The inclusion of reinforcement bars (‘rebar’) in concrete construction is a method that adds long-term strength to the concrete used to build foundations, walls, pools, pads and other structures. Concrete handles compression well, but without rebar would perform less well under tension or torsion (stretching and twisting). Load-bearing structures like foundations or walls need to handle multiple pressures from lateral and horizontal tension, compression and torsion. Rebar works well with concrete because these materials expand and contract at the same rate when temperatures change. Continue reading “How Rebar Reinforces Concrete in Construction”
Many public utilities have underground piping which is used to deliver services to all the residents and businesses of a given community. To avoid any injuries, damage to utilities, and or interruption of service, it is necessary to locate where these Utilities before beginning any excavation work. There are some hefty fines which can be levied against individuals or companies who damage utility lines.
How to Locate and Identify Underground Utilities
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