How Soil Instability Develops

Soil instability is a major concern at every excavation site, but installing an appropriate shoring system allows workers to complete projects safely. As you watch the accompanying video, take note of the main causes of soil instability. Soil instability occurs when the downward stress and horizontal support are not balanced.

Unequal horizontal and vertical stresses often occur because of water saturation of the soil, the effects of frost, or vibrations emitted from machinery near the excavation site. It can also occur due to defective shoring systems or poor maintenance of shoring.

Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C. has earned a reputation for being industry leaders in safety. Call (301) 924-7223 or explore our website to view our portfolio of shoring projects.

Construction Budgeting 101

Budgeting can be challenging for construction and restoration project managers, namely because unexpected problems routinely crop up, and because it’s easy to mistakenly neglect to add certain requirements to the budget. You may find, for example, that tube and clamp scaffolding isn’t enough by itself, and that your workers also need personnel and material hoists. It’s best to err on the side of caution and take more time than you think you’ll need to develop a comprehensive budget.

Site Costs

You can break your budget down into categories, including site costs. Your site costs will include the following types of expenses:

  • Land surveys
  • Environmental compliance measures
  • Federal, state, county, and city code compliance
  • Demolition of existing structures
  • Inspections

Soft Costs

Soft costs include any expenses that are neither directly for the actual construction, nor for site preparation. Taxes, workers’ compensation, general liability insurance, and LEED certifications are examples of soft costs. Others include the following:

  • Interest from financing
  • Legal fees
  • Design fees

Hard Costs

The hard costs of a construction or restoration project include everything pertaining to the actual construction activities. These expenses can include excavation and the installation of shoring systems, scaffolding rentals and their set-up, and personnel and material hoists. Hard costs also include the following:

  • Estimated cost of labor
  • Rental or purchase of heavy machinery
  • Rental or purchase of power tools
  • Cost of all materials
  • HVAC costs
  • Plumbing
  • Windows and doors
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical costs

Don’t forget to add in the cost of debris removal and disposal.

Contingency Expenses

Seasoned builders add a little wiggle room into their project budgets for unexpected expenses. If it’s a restoration project, some commonly encountered unexpected expenses include the remediation of dry rot and mold. Other unexpected costs can arise from the following:

  • Incomplete designs
  • Changes to the plans during construction
  • Delayed completion and extra labor costs

Builders throughout the Washington, D.C. area rely on Scaffold Resource to provide expert engineering guidance, top-notch products, and competitive pricing. We’re known for our award-winning safety record. You can direct your questions about shoring erection and scaffolding rentals to a friendly representative at (301) 924-7223.

Curious Facts About the Jefferson Memorial

America’s third President, author of the Declaration of Independence and the first Secretary of State, lived during a time of inconceivable hardships, and he rose to the occasion unflinchingly. The Jefferson Memorial was built (and later, restored) to honor Thomas Jefferson’s service to the country. Work on the neoclassical building was begun in 1939 by contractor John McShain, working from designs by architect John Russell Pope. Although the building itself was completed in 1943, the bronze statue of the great man himself wasn’t installed until 1947.

The Tidal Basin was once a popular swimming spot.

Fill dredged from the Potomac River was used to create the solid ground on which the Jefferson Memorial stands today. But prior to that, the Tidal Basin had been a popular recreational spot for swimmers since the 1880s. In 1914, Congress approved a measure to create an official beach. Unfortunately, it was segregated, and black Americans were forced to swim at an area across the Tidal Basin that lacked facilities. About a decade later, swimming was banned at the Tidal Basin altogether.

The Jefferson Memorial was almost a multipurpose memorial.

By the early 1900s, there was some talk about building a memorial on the Tidal Basin dedicated to various “ illustrious men of the nation.” It isn’t clear exactly which men would have been honored by this multipurpose memorial. But apparently, the idea didn’t have many supporters, and it never came to fruition.

Area residents didn’t want the memorial at the Tidal Basin.

Quite a few people were opposed to the proposed location of the Jefferson Memorial. Some didn’t like the idea that the memorial’s construction would require the removal of some beautiful, fully grown cherry and elm trees. Others simply thought that Jefferson had been too humble of a man to have a memorial located so near the White House.

Scaffold Resource has had the privilege of working on many of America’s National Treasures, including the Jefferson Memorial. We invite area builders to browse our website to view our extensive portfolio of scaffolding and shoring system projects in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. When you’re ready to plan your project, call our office at (301) 924-7223.

Inspecting Wire Rope Before Using Scaffolding

Wire ropes are often used in scaffolding, and like the rest of your scaffold system, they require frequent inspections and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Using wire ropes that have deteriorated is dangerous to all workers on a job site.

Wire ropes should be inspected every day for signs of rusting, corrosion, kinking, and abrasions, as well as signs of chemical, electricity, or heat exposure. If you’re using a sandblaster on the job site, look for signs of damage caused by it. You should also keep careful records of the inspections that note any signs of issues you see. This can help you track whether damage is getting worse. Any rope that has multiple areas of damage should be replaced.

Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C., offers both scaffold rentals and full support to help you use them safely. We’re here to answer your questions about getting the right scaffolding for your project and creating safe job sites. Call (301) 924-7223 to learn more.

Excavation Basics

Excavations are part of many job sites, and shoring systems are often necessary to keep those working in excavated areas safe. Improper shoring can lead to collapse of the excavation area and put workers at risk.

Watch this video to learn the basics of excavation, including methods for bracing the excavation zone. Shoring is one of the most reliable options, as long as the correct installation methods are used.

At Scaffold Resource, we are committed to improving safety on job sites with our scaffolding and shoring rental in Washington, D.C. Our team can ensure that your excavation has the right kind of shoring to keep your team safe. You can learn more about our shoring rental and services by calling (301) 924-7223.

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