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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:34

Piling Pipe and Deep Foundations

Pipe piling has been used in the construction world for a very long time, but started becoming more popular around 35 years ago. Many tests were able to demonstrate how effective pipe piling is in load bearing situations.  Since then, the construction companies have been utilizing piling pipe all over the industry.  If your job involves heavy loads or deep foundation structures, you need to know about pipe piling. Below will explain the how piling works and how it can be used for best results in civil construction and deep foundation applications.

Piling pipe can be driven in many different ways, but here at Alpha Pipe, we think this is the most effective way in most situations:  A steel pipe is driven into the ground, typically with large impact hammers. The piling stays in place because of the friction with the soil. The pile designs can be different depending on the ground conditions and load bearing requirements on different job sites.  Since the piling is made of steel pipe, they can handle extremely heavy loads. 

For any structure that is going to be holding up a maximum load, a deep foundation is the only way to go. Structural support for deep foundations can be achieved in many ways, but steel pipe piles are the strongest and best to use in our opinion.  Pipe piling can be tailored to exact load specifications with the many different piling pipe specifications that are available to the consumer. Piling pipe can also be very cost effective compared to other types of piling in the construction industry.  Pipe piling is much more cost effective to put to length than other types of piling, plus for DOT type jobs, they can be easily inspected before the pipe is driven into the ground.

If you need steel pipe for a piling application, please give us a call here at Alpha Pipe .  We would love to help you with all of your structural steel pipe needs. 

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:51

Culvert Grade Steel Pipe

Many companies feel culvert grade pipe is useless and only scrap steel.  Here at Alpha Pipe we love taking culvert pipe into our inventory.  We have many different uses for it and have sold hundreds of truck loads over the years of all different sizes of culvert grade pipe. 

Alpha Pipe defines culvert grade pipe as having one or all of these characteristics: slight bows, dings, or dents along with pitting in the steel.  The most sought after culvert sizes are 24", 30", and 36" pipe.  We have also sold culvert in sizes as small as 6 5/8" and as large as 48" pipe.  Depending on what the job is for is what size the customer uses or buys for their job site. 

There are many different job uses for culvert pipe.  Some of the most common would be for drainage, cattle troughs, creek crossings, and flume pipe on construction sites for heavy machinery to run over so they do not get stuck in the mud. 

If your company has any steel pipe that has already been used for a job and would consider useless, maybe we both have a chance to make a little money off of it.  Give us a call and we will take a hard look at paying you for what you might of thought was worthless.  Alpha Pipe is always looking to recycle steel to help save companies money. 

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