We caught Bergen and his crew (Bergen Excavating) on site drilling the piles for the garage grade beam. We missed out on this when they drilled the piles for the basement, so we were happy to catch all the action on camera this time around. They use a bobcat with a drill attachment to drill the holes which are then filled in with concrete by Safrane Construction.
The drilling piece hauls dirt up out of the ground and is then shaken off.
Water is poured into the holes to create mud. The mud ‘sticks’ to the drill accessory better than the loose soil, making the job more efficient.
The holes are 16′ deep. The purpose of the pile is to support the foundation by transferring the weight to rock and soil. Once the holes are all drilled, cement will be poured. Then the frames will be put up for the grade beam (garage footing) and that’s that! One step at a time. And now I can’t get the “Shake it off” song out of my head.
Cuz the bobcat’s gotta work, work, work, work, work and the piles gotta be dug, dug, dug, dug and the dirt’s gotta be brought up, up, up… then we gonna shake it off, shake it off! You’re welcome.