Earlier this year, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) released the results of their annual Construction Confidence Survey, which polled 500 ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional) contractors across the province. The majority (60 percent) felt generally confident about business conditions over the coming year, a slight bump from the 57 percent who felt that way in 2016. Nearly half (47 percent) expect business to be better than last year. The OCS also asked about the “Trump effect” on ICI projects in the province. Forty-two percent expected the 45th U.S. President’s election to have a negative effect on work in Ontario, while 32 percent felt it would be a positive factor. Trump-related concerns were highest in the Windsor–Sarnia area, just a river’s width away from our southern neighbour.
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Earlier this year, the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) released the results of their annual Construction Confidence Survey, which polled 500 ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional) contractors across the province.
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If you haven’t already, don’t forget to file your tax return today. If you or your spouse are self-employed, you have until June 15 to file the return, but any taxes owing are due today if you want to avoid interest and late-payment penalties.
If you’re a salaried employee your tax return is due next week.
Helical piles, also known as ground screws and screw piles, look like oversized wood screws or ice-fishing augers. As a replacement for conventional concrete footings, especially sonotube-style footings, helical piles have one standout advantage
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Helical piles, also known as ground screws and screw piles, look like oversized wood screws or ice-fishing augers. As a replacement for conventional concrete footings, especially sonotube-style footings, helical piles have one standout advantage: they’re faster. In most applications, hydraulic equipment screws them into the ground in minutes. Once in place, there’s no waiting for concrete to set or cure; the screws are ready to support structures as small as fence posts and mailboxes to decks and outbuildings and structures as large as multi-unit buildings.
In tight quarters, helical piles can be installed easily where digging a conventional footing would be difficult, time-consuming, and perhaps impossible. Techno Metal Post, for example, has an installation machine that’s only 29 inches wide – narrow enough to fit through a doorway – and it can install piles inches away from an existing structure without damage. Bayo-S ground screws can even be screwed into the ground by hand; a convenient option when you’re working in tight spaces or only need to install a small number of screws.
Helical piles are also effective in wetlands or lakebed applications for docks, boathouses, or footbridges; they can be installed in winter through the ice or in summer from a barge. For many projects, good footings and foundations are the first and most critical step to durable construction; where the footings are a challenge, helical piles could well provide the best solution.
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