Considerations When Using Drilled Shaft Construction

Pier drilling in the Bay Area makes it possible to install very deep, large-diameter shafts in many subsurface conditions, resulting in highly reliable foundation construction results.

Consider These Factors When Drilling

Drilled shafts are deep foundation solutions used to support large structural loads. Also called drilled piers, caissons or bored piles, drilled shafts involve excavating soil, creating a cylindrical shaft, placing reinforcing steel in the shaft and filling the space with concrete. Drilling of this type goes back to the early twentieth century, so it is a long-established practice that has now become more common as faster and more dependable excavation techniques are being required. Pier drilling in the Bay Area makes it possible to install very deep, large-diameter shafts in many subsurface conditions, resulting in highly reliable foundation construction results.

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Tips on Choosing a Good Subcontractor for Excavation Work

Planning a project that will require trenching, digging, excavation, tunneling or preparatory site earthwork? Then you will need an expert subcontractor.

If you are planning a project that will require trenching, digging, excavation, wall shafts, tunneling or preparatory site earthwork, then you will need an expert subcontractor. You’ll want to choose an experienced specialist who can do the job right using the proper techniques, tools and heavy equipment to ensure project success. Continue reading “Tips on Choosing a Good Subcontractor for Excavation Work”

Strengthening Foundations Using Helicals

Foundation problems may result in high repair and maintenance costs, possible dangerous conditions, increasing structural damage and collateral damage to surrounding structures or property. A great solution to achieve a strong foundation can be helical piles which your Bay Area foundation drilling company can install expertly.

Strength in Foundation is Key

The value of a strong and stable foundation for every residential and commercial structure can’t be overstated. As David Allan Coe said, “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” Foundation problems may result in high repair and maintenance costs, possible dangerous conditions, increasing structural damage and collateral damage to surrounding structures or property. A great solution to achieve a strong foundation can be helical piles which your Bay Area foundation drilling company can install expertly.

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Ensure Great Drainage in New Landscaping

Managing drainage on your Bay Area property can be a challenge. The reason why funneling water away from your is to prevent structural failure.

Ensuring Great Drainage

Managing drainage on your Bay Area property can be a challenge. The reason why funneling water away from your home or business is so important, is to prevent structural failure. When groundwater collects around buildings and is not drained away, over time, the water percolates into the ground softening it. When that happens, the soils load bearing capacity can be reduced to the point it allows your home or office foundation to settle. There are a number of ways that you can incorporate good drainage around your property.

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How Do We Use Concrete in Landscaping and Building Construction?

Concrete is one of our most common building materials. It comes in various forms depending on the job, but is incredibly versatile and with proper care can last decades.

Concrete a Foundational Material in Construction Work

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Backyard Transformations for Aging in Place

Aging in place is popular in Northern California. Rather than selling their homes and downsizing, many Bay Area residents renovate their homes to accommodate the changes in their lifestyle. Retirees, and empty-nesters who are still working, decide staying put keeps them close to family, friends and activities they already know and enjoy.

With the decision made, it’s only natural to want to do whatever renovations might be appropriate for aging in place, to help you stay in your home well into retirement. This article will review some of those. Continue reading “Backyard Transformations for Aging in Place”

What is Pier Drilling and what are the Advantages?

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?”

Lassiter Earns PG&E Operator Qualification

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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Three Steps to Prepare Your Home Foundation for the Rainy Season

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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The Demolition Process in Construction

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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