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Domke John B
(808) 254-1181
709 Nunu St
Kailua, HI
Koolau Farmers
(808) 263-4414
1127 Kailua Rd
Kailua, HI
C & P Lawn Sprinklers
(808) 261-4715
518 Punaa St
Kailua, HI
Friends of Honolulu Botoanical Gardens
(808) 537-1708
180 N Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Dynamic Expressions
(808) 386-8998
819 Moowaa St Ste 210
Honolulu, HI

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Hawaiian Isle Yard Service & Maintenance
(808) 261-2025
552 Paulele St
Kailua, HI
Garden Builders
(808) 263-3283
449 Ilimano St
Kailua, HI
Foster Botanical Garden
(808) 522-7065
180 N Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Ching Nursery Inc
(808) 259-5707
41 950 Mahiku Mahiku Pl
Honolulu, HI
Hisco Inc
(808) 833-4567
803 Mapunapuna St
Honolulu, HI
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You've Got to Do the Dirt

You've Got to Do the Dirt
Sun 01/18/09 05:36:16 pm
by George Porter

George PorterIn the last five years the installation business has changed drastically.   It is no longer just hard work and good intentions, it is a science.   The truth is it always was but it was not as critical as it is today.   Homes today weigh two or three times as much as they did twenty years ago and it is necessary that you "do the science" if you want them to "be all they can be".


The easiest science is the load bearing capacity of soil. (When you are talking about science you should call the dirt soil, it makes you seem smarter)   Some kinds of soil have a good perk rate for septic systems and some kinds don't.   Certain soils can grow good tomatoes and other kinds can't.   Not all dirt is the same and one of the many differences is load bearing capacity.   This is a measure of how much weight the soil can hold per square foot before it collapses and lets the weight sink into the ground.


"Before Science" is also known as "BS".   Back then you would simply drive your truck on the lot and see what happened.   If your truck got stuck then you knew the ground was soft and you had to put more blocks under the home than usual so it would not settle out of level too fast.   With any luck it might stay fairly level for the whole warranty period, if not then the deal would be that you would re-level the home one time only for free, this is BS.


changeCan you name another building industry that says such things? In writing no less!    If you contracted for a new skyscraper would you be happy with such a contract?   You don't want to have to re-level skyscrapers, or high schools, or bridges.   Can you imagine how much trouble that would be?   Actually you would never have the problem because no buyer would ever accept such a contract.   The builders plan to get it right the first time and never have to go back and waste their money and time messing with it.   They use science and have done so for thousands of years, it is time for us to do the same thing and it is easy.


Step one is to stop thinking in terms of BS and decide that it is a new world and you are going to be part of it.  


penetrometerStep two is to get a Pocket Penetrometer.   Nearly every factory manual mentions one and how to use it and without it you have no idea of the load bearing capacity of the soil.   The device could not be easier to use, just follow the directions that come with it and stick it in the dirt.   When you read the scale on the side of the instrument it will tell you the load bearing capacity of the soil.   All this takes about five to ten seconds and can not be called too much trouble; it's a lot easier than re-leveling a home.  



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