"This is a gem! Should be required reading for anyone considering a pier" C.W.
"Excellent! This book answered many questions. Highly recommended." S.S.
"Tremendously helpful. Allowed me to so "I can do this" and gave me the confidence to start." W.S.
You would never tell your spouse, “you met my minimum requirements” or, “your defects were acceptable.” You shouldn’t have to speak of your pier that way either. It’s about getting the most out of whatever path you take to hold up your mount. Our goal is simply to minimize deflection as effectively as we can. There are several things we can do to improve performance and they often cost less and save effort over what we may have preconceived. This book identifies things that work in our favor and things that work against us. Then, you decide what works best for you.
Guidance based upon our material knowledge and experience with over 550 building projects across four continents. It is more specifically based upon our finite element analysis of many telescope piers and parametric investigation to tune pier designs for maximum performance.
Everything you need to design and build a high-performance telescope pier.
How stiff should a pier be?
“I feel the Earth move under my feet” - Carol King. How to tame it.
Getting the most of what you put in the ground.
Simple tricks to make your pier stiffer than anything you can buy (except MOAPs)
Component sizing and material selection
Things to never do.
Things to always do.
The secret weapon of DIY base plates
How much is it moving? Deflection tables for steel and concrete.
Foundation types and why one beats the others.
Reinforcing made simple. What’s really needed.
One pour or two?
Where to form and what with.
Where the bending is really happening.
3 critical things for minimizing steel pier deflection.
9 factors for embedded piers.
The rat cage is killing us. How to eliminate it.
Design tips and tricks to minimize your wiggle.
No welder? No problem.
Dispelling concrete myths.
Table of Contents:
2. Soil movement
3. Driven piles
4. Embedded posts and pipes
8. The rat cage
9. Case study: concrete pier