Helical Pier Installation Equipment and How It’s Used

Installing helical piers for your foundation-related projects is easier than it seems. Use the following pieces of equipment for secure support.

We wouldn’t normally associate the words “quick,” “easy,” and “peaceful” with a foundation pier installation. However, all three fit the description of a helical pier installation. Unlike concrete piers that require excavation and concrete pouring, helical piers only require a drill attachment, a machine to attach it to, and a few workers to complete the task.

If you’re curious about how the installation can go so smoothly, learn about helical pier installation equipment and how it’s used to fully understand why it’s the best foundation pier for any project

Helical Pier Installation Equipment

You don’t need much equipment to complete the installation of a supportive helical pier. Because of this, the crew can install the piers quickly and quietly without disturbing your neighbors or the soil beneath your foundation. To install a helical pier, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • A small machine, such as a directional drill, trencher, skid steer, or mini excavator.
  • A hydraulic drive attachment.
  • A torque monitor (sometimes already on the equipment).

You’ll also need the installation plans from the engineer that summarizes the required torque, depth, and pier identification. This will help you ensure that you’re placing the pier in the right place and that it’s secure enough to hold the weight of the foundation.

Different Equipment for Small Spaces and Basements

When you can’t bring a piece of heavy machinery into a space for the installation, you can use handheld alternatives to secure the helical piers in place. Handheld hydraulic drives can push the piers through the ground when you’re in a basement or a small, fenced-in enclosure. This has no negative effects on how secure the piers are, making this small-space installation just another benefit of using helical piers.

Using the Installation Equipment

Before you begin, make sure that the hydraulic drill attachment is securely connected to the machine that you’re using—whether it’s an excavator or a handheld tool. Always check your notes before drilling the blueprints must match the angle and location. Begin drilling the pile in slowly at five rpm before accelerating to a speed you’re comfortable with, at or under 20 rpm. Avoid going over 20 rpm. Make sure that you’re pushing down with your equipment, otherwise, the drill will just spin in place.

Keep an eye on your torque. It shouldn’t hit the target number before you reach the intended depth—if it does, you’ll need approval from the project’s engineer to continue. If the torque is too high, there may be something wrong with the soil.

After learning about helical pier installation equipment and how it’s used, you may feel ready to install all kinds of helical pier systems. Whether you’re adding helical pier installations to your foundation repair services or want to try doing it yourself, let Helical Pier Distributions provide you with the resources to succeed. Our in-house team of engineers can make sure you have the perfect helical piers for your project.