Does Ram Jack conduct the permitting process or must I do that?
The building codes dictate that any piering of your home requires permitting. Ram Jack works with building departments across the state and we speak the geotech and structural engineer language. We can lift the permitting burden from you, or we can provide you with a list of reputable geotech and structural engineering firms to contact.
How do I know the piers are located properly to correctly repair my home?
The structural engineer will take a number of items into consideration, some are, the age of the home, the weight of the structure per square foot, the strength of the existing concrete, the condition of the soil (provided by the geotech) and topography of the site to name a few. It is the job and responsibility of the structural engineer to ensure the correct number and location of piers for the proper repair of your home.
Do you provide the geotech and structural engineer or must I find my own?
We work directly with many of the key industry professionals that the building codes mandate that are part of your project. The geotechs and structural engineers are independent from Ram Jack and not on our staff.
Do you know exactly how my home is going to react?
Our extensive experience tells us that we can never predict exactly how your home will react to lifting. We can tell you with reasonable assurance, however, how we think your home will react but we GUARANTEE the home will never settle in the areas that we pier.
Does Ram Jack use commercial grade steel?
Yes. Our steel is high carbon, high tensile strength, schedule 80 structural grade and is manufactured here in the United States of America.
What is the diameter and thickness of Ram Jack piers?
Depending on what the structural engineer requires at each pier location, but typical residential projects use 2 7/8" diameter piers that have 1/4" thick wall providing the strength needed to put your home on a firm foundation.
Where are Ram Jack piers designed and manufactured?
Ada, Oklahoma with over 40 years of research and testing to provide you with the most advanced structural piering system on the market today.
Does Ram Jack offer a lifetime transferable warranty?
Yes. If you sell your home or pass it to someone else, the warranty is transferable to the new home owner(s) for the life of the home.
Does Ram Jack drive with a dual hydraulic head, single head or jackhammer?
We use a dual hydraulic ram head to drive the piers with more focused force, thereby ensuring the piers are driven straight and deep to end bearing, resulting in the most stable support available for your home.
What else do you do to make sure the piers are driven straight?
We use a variable length 3" diameter steel tube called a guide sleeve which mounts through the bracket under your foundation. The pier rifles through the guide sleeve providing additional strength to maintain a strait path on its way through the soil to load bearing strata.
Are your piers thermoplastic-coated or galvanized?
Ram Jack piers are thermo-set-plasticoated which doesn't allow any leaching into the soil resulting in a green installation.
Does the pier have an expansion ring to ensure the pier rests on load-bearing strata?
Our innovative expansion ring was designed by Ram Jack in 1989 to keep the soil from immediately contracting back to the pier. Soil is powerful and has memory. It wants to contract and grip the pier, causing side wall friction and potentially keeping the pier from reaching load-bearing strata. The expansion ring keeps the soil from creating side wall friction during the driving process, allowing Ram Jack Piers to reach end bearing.