Erecting a new building involves much more than simply turning up to the site and starting to build. Anyone who has had much involvement in construction knows that preparing the ground before you start building is perhaps, the most crucial stage of the operation. It doesn't matter how much effort you put into your building it is never going to last very long if you don't prepare the ground in advance. The soil must be properly compacted before you build otherwise it is inevitable that before long the building will start to settle and your nice level building will require serious work to prevent it from pulling itself apart.
How can your soil be properly compacted?
If you want to ensure that your new building will have a stable foundation then you must fully compact the soil before commencing building. Two primary tools are often used for soil compaction these are a trench rammer and a soil compactor, the choice between these two pieces of equipment will often come down to two specific issues, the type of soil present on your building site and the depth of compaction that you need.
Identifying your soil type
When you look at the soil on your building site you may notice that it is crumbly in texture and is quite sandy or similar to gravel. Alternatively, you could see that the soil has a high clay content and sticks together well even when pressure is applied. Crumbly soil is known as granular soil and this can be compacted irrespective of the amount of moisture in the soil and respond better to a soil compactor than a trench rammer. A trench rammer would be better employed on the cohesive soil which has a high clay content. With cohesive soils, the smaller plate possessed by the trench rammer can be applied more directionally.
Compacting the right depth
While soil compactors have larger plates and can cover a greater surface area they are unable to reach the depth that is possible with a trench rammer. Being able to compact a greater depth of soil every time you use the trench rammer means that your job will be completed more rapidly and therefore at a lower cost than if you were using a soil compactor. By taking care to use the right tool for your soil compacting ensures that your building project will be able to proceed on schedule and within budget.