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How to remove Pile foundation

How to remove Pile foundation

How to remove Pile foundation

Hi friends,

How to remove a 10 meter pile foundation which is drilled and installed into the earth.

Thank you.

RE: How to remove Pile foundation

Add water, pull hard.

Einstein gave the same test to students every year. When asked why he would do something like that, "Because the answers had changed."

RE: How to remove Pile foundation

Piles are often cut off a few feet below the new structure, so they are out of the way.

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RE: How to remove Pile foundation

Dynamite. Why do they need to be removed?

RE: How to remove Pile foundation

I had the same question on sheet piles a few years ago. I think you try to vibrate and pull. Water will help.

RE: How to remove Pile foundation

Vibrate, push, and pull. Sometimes you have to push to break the skin friction before you pull. Old timber piles can break, steel piles that have splices can break at corroded welds. Often, the piles can't be removed and are typically just cut 5' below the ground surface. Good luck!

RE: How to remove Pile foundation

Possible methods: pull, vibrate and pull, jet next to the pile and pull, auger next to the pile and pull.


RE: How to remove Pile foundation

I'm not clear on what type of pile it is. Is it concrete, steel or timber?

You say it's "drilled", so that would imply a concrete drilled shaft, AKA a caisson. If that's what you have, removing it in total probably means excavating around it down about 9m and still using a substantial amount of force to break it free from the embedment soil. If it's drilled into rock, forget about pulling it; you'd just end up breaking it, anyway. As others have said, generally for those, they're just busted down below the new structure, and the remainder left in place.

For timber, you generally have to excavate below the level of section loss that has filled in (2-3 feet), and then they can be pulled with a crane, or possibly an excavator (track hoe), depending on the size.

For steel, water jetting and a vibratory extractor is the typical method.

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