From Pull Testing to Beam Supply, Cantsink Offers Experience and Cost-Effective Stability for Utility-Scale Solar Projects

From its commitment as an “early adopter” of solar for its net-zero-energy manufacturing facility in 2010, Cantsink has grown with the solar market.

Cantsink built a versatile line of stability products and services essential to successful utility-scale solar projects drawing on its own good experience with solar. These Cantsink offerings have evolved with the expanding solar market for the past decade. Solar developers and installers nationwide can employ Cantsink’s expertise with solar supplies and services for reliable construction groundwork.

The company offers support services such as pull testing, analysis, and engineering to assist with site preparation. Once specifications for the site are established, Cantsink can supply top quality beams and other products, ensuring long-term stability for all types of racking and panel design.

Cantsink is the stability expert, having focused exclusively on structural stability since its inception more than 30 years ago. The company has been on Solar Power World’s list of Top Solar Contractors since 2013, rising steadily through the rankings over the years.

Cantsink offers beams, testing, and engineered analysis of tests to be sure each project uses the correct size beam for long-term performance.

Cantsink has provided equipment and services to many satisfied clients in the solar industry. One project manager, Doug Merrill, who worked with Cantsink on a North Carolina project, praised Cantsink’s high-quality service and value.

“In all email exchanges, conference call interfaces, and face-to-face experience with Cantsink, [it] has been the best I have been a part of in my 30 years of field construction,” Merrill said. “Cantsink is fast, responsive, and 30 percent cheaper than any other solution we explored. A total win/win.”

With time-tested knowledge, experience, equipment, and crews, Cantsink proudly serves the utility-scale solar market. A decade of hands-on performance makes Cantsink products and services the reliable choice for successful solar project operation.

Cantsink’s quality testing and analysis can help to ensure the right beams are being used for the specific soils on each site.

Contact Cantsink today to learn more about the company’s products and services for utility-scale solar.

Cantsink Helical Piers are Ideal for Remediation of Stability Issues in Existing Structures

The 2020 storm season is already setting records, and communities all over the U.S. are facing structural recovery from storm damage.

Cantsink helical piers and piles have long been applied to restoring stability to buildings and other structures disrupted by flooding and storm-water runoff. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Cantsink was among the approved solutions to help Northeastern communities recover from its devastation.

More recently, Cantsink’s certified products have been deployed in numerous coastal communities to increase elevation and foundation stability for structures newly at risk for flood damage.

In coastal North Carolina, for example, the historic Davis Free Will Baptist Church hired Progressive Construction, a Cantsink-certified installer, to elevate its sanctuary and adjacent facilities after they were repeatedly damaged by flooding. Not only did the crew use Cantsink products to lift and stabilize some 300,000 pounds of footings for the project, but the work was also completed during rainy weather with a water table just four inches below ground.

At completion, the structure was elevated by three feet, preserving it as a local landmark for future generations to enjoy.

Similarly, Cantsink products elevated the sinking area of a commercial gym in North Georgia damaged by a nearby stream diversion culvert that collapsed after heavy rains. Despite rainy conditions, work proceeded quickly and the gym was allowed to reopen, averting prolonged revenue losses.

Manufactured from 100 percent recycled U.S. steel, Cantsink helical piers and piles are made in the company’s net-zero-energy Metro Atlanta facility from a patented design that produces less waste. Cantsink products also are tested and certified for performance in accordance with standards established by the International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association that developed performance standards for building products.

Cantsink welcomes building professionals who want to join its national network of certified installers. All installers receive free, hands-on training at Cantsink headquarters and ongoing support from company experts.

Company engineers also work with project architects and engineers. Company professionals can offer tips on the most effective strategy for permanent stabilization using its patented helical piers, piles. and other products. Cantsink’s extensive product inventory offers an effective solution for nearly any type of soil or weather conditions.

The company also provides a fast turnaround on orders.

To learn more about the benefits and versatile applications of helical piers and piles for permanent structural stability, sign up for Cantsink’s accredited webinars. Building professionals can receive AIA and NCSEA continuing education credits for participating. Individual companies can schedule special “Lunch and Learn” presentations for their employees.

Call Cantsink today to find out more about how both new and remedial projects can benefit from its cost-effective helical piers and piles.

Helical Piers Provide Cost-Effective Stability in Rainy Conditions

This year, 2020, has been one of the wettest on record in many parts of the U.S., presenting a challenge for architects, engineers, and builders.

These professionals already know how disruptive wet weather and poor soils can be for structural stability. The recent relentless rain has created other challenges, too, such as future settlement issues, unless properly addressed and reinforced from the beginning.

Cantsink, a manufacturer of steel helical piers and piles, can provide an easy and elegant method for creating permanent stability without delays, even in rainy weather. Tested and certified to meet the highest standards for pier performance, Cantsink’s products will stand the test of time.

Manufactured from 100 percent recycled U.S. steel, Cantsink has a range of products for all types of applications, soils, and weather conditions. Cantsink helical piers and piles are fabricated in the company’s net-zero-energy facility in Metro Atlanta. Company engineers are available to consult with project engineers to offer support in selecting the right product and most effective design.

Our products can provide permanent support for homes, commercial buildings, utility poles, equipment pads, decks, porches, and other structural assets. They also can provide support and reinforcement for retaining walls and temporary shoring needs.

The International Code Council, an independent, member-focused association that developed performance standards for building products, has a code for helical piers and piles. Cantsink products have been tested and certified to meet these standards. In addition, Cantsink products offer even more unique advantages over other stability methods.

Cantsink’s helical piers and piles are manufactured with the company’s patented helix, a process that creates stronger support than other products on the market and produces less waste during fabrication.

Certified Cantsink installers are available in locations throughout the country. All installers receive hands-on training and support from Cantsink’s headquarters, ensuring that the permanent stability of Cantsink helical piers and piles gets expert attention on every site.

The Cantsink website also offers accredited webinars with detailed information on how these piles work, effective applications across a range of structures, and case studies demonstrating the effectiveness of pile support. Webinar participants can receive continuing education credits from AIA and NCSEA. For more information or to schedule a webinar, contact Cantsink.

Forecast models indicate that wet weather and flooding will be more common in the decades ahead. Building with structural stability to withstand these conditions is the smart choice.

Contact our construction engineering experts at Cantsink today to learn more about the best way to build for the future.

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New Cantsink mounting solution helps protect and centralize string inverters

Cantsink, a solar product supplier since 2010, is introducing Centric, its latest solar innovation, to speed inverter installation and make monitoring easier.

By allowing location of string inverters at a central position among ground-mounted panels, Centric streamlines inverter placement during construction. In a traditional arrangement underneath the panels, inverters are mounted one-by-one in successive spots throughout the project. Centric offers a single, covered location for mounting multiple inverters.

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This not only speeds inverter placement, it also makes O&M easier by allowing inspection of multiple inverters at one location. Oversight of individual units takes minutes rather than hours. Streamlined monitoring, in conjunction with protection from the elements, means the solar project as a whole works better and lasts longer.

With more utility scale projects using trackers to maximize generation, string inverters mounted under panels are more exposed to sun, rain and storms. Centric allows string inverters to be sheltered, as well as making them more accessible for quick inspection.

Patrick Hutchinson, president of Cantsink, said the complexity of rapidly evolving solar technology calls for supporting innovation that will also make solar installations more efficient throughout construction and operation.

“Having grown with the solar industry over the past decade, the innovative team at Cantsink is aware of ongoing needs for better equipment and new methods for managing solar sites,” Hutchinson said. “Centric is the kind of cost-effective design that not only improves the initial installation process, but keeps the project running effectively throughout its life.”

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Cantsink Hosts Informational Site Visit from U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-10) honored Cantsink in April with a site visit to learn more about the company, its products and its role in the growing energy market.

  He met with us at our net-zero-energy manufacturing facility in Metro Atlanta. Cantsink President Patrick Hutchinson and Safety Director/Project Manager Sharon Lee spoke with Congressman Hice about renewable energy growth and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cantsink has been a leader in providing effective products to serve evolving renewable energy technology, as well as products that support effective power grid operation.

  Read about it here in Congressman Hice’s newsletter:

https://hice.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx

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Cantsink Holds Foundations Steady Through Spring Rains, Cost-Effective Protection from Unexpected Sinking

April showers bring May flowers, but coming on the heels of the wettest winter on record they may also produce unexpected foundation issues.

  Changing weather patterns and extreme weather events are creating new issues for businesses and homeowners. But stormy weather is no cause for concern when foundations are supported by Cantsink’s patented helical piers. Cantsink offers an effective underground support system for new construction as well as a remedial solution for restoring alignment or increasing elevation.

  Experts are predicting unprecedented flooding in many parts of the East Coast during the next few months. The Midwest has already borne the brunt of snow melt, heavy rain and extreme storm activity. And coastal states are reconsidering their flood zone boundaries and building codes.

  Cantsink was called in to provide support for a Jacksonville, FL, home built to replace a razed structure damaged by extreme weather. Local government rezoned the lot because the storm activity had revealed its location to be more flood-prone than initially assumed. The rezoning required a building elevation three feet higher than the previous structure.

  Engineers working with Alexander Grace Consulting specified pier columns to elevate the house connected with a shallow concrete grade beam to help it withstand lateral stress. Cantsink helical piers were installed below ground to stabilize the new elevated design.

  Complicating the installation, geotechnical reports showed very inconsistent soils and a potential dense layer 38-55 feet below grade. Plus, site conditions required the installation to be accomplished without disturbing the nearby marshland, and a potential penalty of $10,000 for violation.

  This made installation of Cantsink helical piers the ideal solution because they avoided the need for heavy machinery that could have encroached on the marshland. Cantsink helical piers are installed with a skid steer, which is less expensive to mobilize and easier to maneuver on the site. Finally, work had to be coordinated with tidal flows, which intermittently interfered with visibility and work requirements in the pre-dug footings.

  Cantsink’s patented helical piers provided a perfect solution to the tight working conditions and soil-related challenges. Using helical piers helped the contractor stay on schedule with maximum installation efficiency. Cantsink crews also carefully coordinated their work schedule with weather forecasts for tidal ebb and flow to maximize installation accuracy and productivity. The installation was completed without any marshland disturbance.

  Whether working in coastal environments or challenging conditions anywhere, Cantsink helical piers provide cost-effective solutions that save time and money. The result is permanent stability in any type of soil or weather conditions.

  Using 100% U.S. steel, Cantsink fabricates a wide range of patented helical piers certified for performance by the International Code Council. The ICC is an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards. Cantsink also offers engineering support and superior customer service.

  With its recently expanded manufacturing and storage capacity, Cantsink offers fast turnaround on orders. Two-day, hands-on certification training for installers is conducted quarterly at Cantsink headquarters in Metro Atlanta. The training is free and Cantsink provides ongoing support that includes marketing materials, prospect leads and consulting.

  Cantsink helical piers offer numerous advantages over other underground support methods. Installation requires no curing delay and can even be performed in standing water, so issues prompted by soaking rains in soft soil can be resolved before structural damage worsens. Construction schedules for new buildings stay on budget in almost any weather.

  Cantsink can handle everything from a whole-structure elevation project to a minimally invasive remediation for a sinking foundation. And starting new construction right with our patented helical piers keeps foundations solid from Day One.

  Contact Cantsink today to see what permanent stability can do to banish rainy-day worries.

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Build it Right the First Time with Cantsink Helical Piers

The old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies as much to good construction as to good health.

With extreme weather events increasing in frequency and construction codes around the nation changing to meet the challenges these events create for many areas, Cantsink’s patented helical piers are proving to be the best choice for foundation support. Construction with the lasting support of Cantsink helical piers not only retains beauty and value through the years, it resists the effects of flooding, soil saturation and erosion.

Cantsink’s patented helix design not only provides top stabilization performance, installation is fast and cost-effective. Time is money in the construction business and Cantsink helical piers need no curing period. They can be installed through standing water on the site. Once installed, they provide permanent stability for any structure.

Storm and tidal surges, high winds, and soaking rains intensify natural climate conditions in water-adjacent localities, requiring sound foundation elements resistant to the effects of punishing conditions. After devastating property loss from powerful storms in recent years, some U.S. states are updating their building codes with the lessons learned from these events.

2018 set a national record for rainfall in the U.S. with particularly notable totals in many parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Florence contributed significantly to a total of 102 inches of rainfall around the coastal city of Wilmington, NC. Flooding in that region caused as much as $50 billion in property damage. Flooding after heavy rains also created havoc in parts of Maryland last year, causing an estimated $22.4 million in property damage. Atlanta, GA, experienced its second-highest rainfall total in 2018 with over 71 inches through the year.

Many businesses and homeowners remain at risk for devastating losses if preventive structural elevations and adequate reinforcements are overlooked.

Helical piers can be used in restoration following flooding or extreme weather, or as a preventive measure for structures in a vulnerable location. They offer a cost-effective solution for lasting structural stability in harsh environments.

Cantsink helical piers are ideal for remedial work under foundations and other structures that are sinking or losing alignment. They can help property owners address new elevation requirements as building codes and flood zone maps change, as well as being instrumental in storm recovery. However, the best investment is construction that begins with proven protection.

With a newly expanded manufacturing facility and storage capability, Cantsink is poised to turn orders around quickly. Cantsink experts provide top quality customer service and our patented helical piers are tested and certified by the International Code Council.

The ICC is an independent, member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. This means an independent organization has verified the quality and performance of specific Cantsink products.

Manufactured in Metro Atlanta from 100% U.S. steel, Cantsink helical piers are created in the company’s net-zero energy facility using solar. Cantsink’s mission – supporting innovation – has inspired the versatile applicability and evolving effectiveness of its products. Even though construction needs, materials and methods change, Cantsink helical piers continually demonstrate their ongoing durability and adaptability.

Whatever the structural needs of the project may be – foundations, retaining walls, pools, decks, patios, porches or decorative landscape features – start with the installation of Cantsink helical piers. It’s the effective way to ensure long-term stability, ongoing performance and lasting value for the finished product.

Contact Cantsink today and get started – right!

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Cantsink Helical Piers Adapt Homes and Buildings to Extreme Weather Conditions

With the frequency of extreme weather making home elevation and foundation stability increasingly important, Cantsink will offer information on its cost-effective helical piers at the International Association of Structural Movers Convention, March 27-31 in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas – DFW Airport North.

Storm and tidal surges, high winds, and soaking rains intensify natural surroundings in water-adjacent localities, requiring sound foundation elements resistant to the effects of punishing conditions. In the wake of devastating property loss from powerful storms, some U.S. states are updating their building codes to reflect the lessons learned from catastrophic weather, including increased elevation requirements. Cantsink offers a wide range of ICC-certified products that keep foundations stable in all types of soils and climates, and can be key to success in raising existing structures.

Learn more about Cantsink’s products and their remarkable versatility at its exhibit in Dallas. Cantsink offers installer certification training at its Metro Atlanta headquarters for no fee, with ongoing sales and marketing support for its installer network.

“Code requirements in some states may change as intense, prolonged storms… establish new precedents for flood potential. With more than 30 years of experience in foundation stability, Cantsink, with its patented helical piers, can be a key component in durable construction and remediation.”

 

Whether for remedial work following flooding or extreme weather, or as a preventive measure for structures in vulnerable locations, helical piers offer a cost-effective solution for lasting structural stability in any environment. Cantsink’s patented helical piers, made in Metro Atlanta from 100% U.S. steel, were used for remedial foundation repair during the Build It Back program in the Mid-Atlantic region devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

2018 set a national record for rainfall in the U.S. with particularly notable totals in many parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Florence contributed significantly to a total of 102 inches of rainfall in the area around the coastal city of Wilmington, NC. Flooding in that region caused as much as $50 billion in property damage. Flooding after heavy rains also created havoc in parts of Maryland last year, causing an estimated $22.4 million in property damage.

Atlanta, GA, experienced its second-highest rainfall total in 2018 with over 71 inches through the year. Hurricane Michael, which devastated the town of Mexico Beach, FL, also caused significant inland flooding with substantial damage across five states, including Georgia. Some Houston area businesses and homeowners took the preemptive step of elevating their structures ahead of Hurricane Harvey and subsequent new code requirements. These properties fared far better than their neighbors when Harvey dumped more than 60 inches of rain on coastal Texas in 2017.

After Harvey, many Houston area residents who formerly believed their properties were outside of storm threats and flood-prone areas have reconsidered their potential vulnerability. Code requirements in some states may change as intense, prolonged storms such as Harvey and Florence establish new precedents for flood potential. With more than 30 years of experience in foundation stability, Cantsink, with its patented helical piers, can be a key component in durable construction and remediation.

Find out more about the many structural applications Cantsink products provide. Visit the Cantsink exhibit in Dallas, March 27-31, or register for the event at the IASM website at http://www.iasm.org/convention-registration/.