What to expect during your installation

AEF has encountered an abundance of anomalies during our installation processes.

We have created this to set the expectation on things that we may encounter and how we will respond while installing your project.

Standard root excavation

Definition: Any root in the post hole that is 2”- 4” in diameter.

How we respond: Our team will be equipped with tools that allow us to cut through roots of these sizes and allow us to dig the proper sized footer. These obstructions cause our team to spend extra time digging the proper sized footers.

Excessive Root Excavation

Definition: Any root in the post hole that is 4” + in diameter.

How we respond: In most circumstances, our team can use the tools they have on their truck to remove the root, but due to the size it can take significantly longer.

Broken private water line

Definition: The installation team has hit an unmarked private water line while doing the installation and the pipe needs repair.  There could also existing private utilities in the footers of an old fence. During removal these could be compromised and need repair.

How We Respond: Our team can excavate and repair necessary pipes. Based on the size of the pipe will determine the cost of the repair.

Excessive Concrete Footers (per post)

Definition: Concrete footers that are 1.5 times the ASTM footer size or over 160lbs.

How We Respond: If it is determined that there are excessive footers, we will utilize multiple team members, extra digging equipment, or carts to assist in removing the footer.

High Water Table (Equipment Charge)

Definition: Charge to deliver and use a sump pump to drain the water from the holes to properly dig and set the posts.

How We Respond: Our team will organize a sump pump to be available for use to remove the water from the hole. One team member will operate the sump pump while 1-2 others place the post and pour the concrete.

High Water Table (per hole)

Definition: Using the sump pump is an effective way to overcome a high-water table but is much more labor intensive and requires more hands to get the task done properly.

How We Respond: We will use the sump pump to remove the water from the hole, after the water is removed, we will place the post and pour the concrete. In extreme situations we may also use heavy duty contractor bags to put the post and concrete inside of. This prevents the concrete from becoming oversaturated.

Dog Leg Charge

Definition: Custom post to jog around existing building footers.

How We Respond: When we encounter a footer off a building, slab, or other structure, we use a modified post called a “dog leg” to successful pour a footer without compromising the foundation of the existing structure. This ensures we can minimize gaps (or meet code) and still have a structurally sound post footer.

When we run into abnormal workflows like listed above, we will notify you of our findings and document it with a Field Change Order Sheet (FCO). The foreman or supervisor on your project will present the FCO for you to review and sign.

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