The main function of anchors is to prevent uplift. Do not forget about the “foundation function” as well which is meant to prevent settling or lateral shifting.
Improperly anchoring a building from up lift, down force and lateral movement will all, equally, cause problems and expense.
There are many different ways of anchoring a building because there are so many circumstances which people are dealing with.
When anchors can be installed at opposing angles, they work against each other and therefore will multiply their holding power.
Care must be taken to stay away from anchors that will bend (i.e. re-bar).
When the anchors are going straight into the ground, care must be taken to ensure proper holding power. This is most often done with plugs of concrete.
When anchors have been extended out of the ground, care must be exercised to eliminate the possibility of outward lean.
It is important to consider the total amount of square inches of contact area between anchors and soil. Many time fewer big anchors is less holding power.
One thing which simply can not be stressed enough is that there simply is no such thing as too many anchors. Anchors are generally very inexpensive, especially when you are looking with hind site at some damage.
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There always seems to be so much pressure and panic at this time to get a building before winter. The only thing that is important to get done sooner then later is the foundation work. There will be lots of decent weather days between now and Christmas to get the job done.
If you think that it is too late to get it done and you will simply wait until next spring, please remember that you said the same thing last spring (or even a few months ago) and as usual the busyness of life got in the way. Give us a call today to see how you can get that foundation taken care of before freeze up.
For those of you who want to get the structure up now and cover it in the spring, I urge you to cover the building sooner then later for a couple of reasons. First is that there will be lots of other things vying for your time in the spring and secondly, the more snow you have on that spot which has to melt, the more moisture you will have in the building. The more moisture you have in the building the more condensation issues you will have. You want to give that ground the most time possible to dry up before you need to start using the building.
In my humble opinion, even though putting the cover on in late fall or early winter is more difficult and not pleasant, the benefits of having more time for the ground to dry, far outweigh the time spent to adjust the cover in the spring