Posted By whirnot on 08 Jul 2012 08:30 PM
With a framing axe, and some practice you can drive nails pretty fast. We used to drive `16D nails with three strikes, Start, drive, set.
Even if it will take me 5 seconds for each nail it will take me a total of about 6 hours for all 4500 nails.
Of course I will not only do that but using a nail gun can not save me more than a day in total labor and is not justified for only one small house.
I did not decided if I will use 10D or 20D nails it depends if I want to penetrate three rows of 2x4 or only two.
Now I need to build a 300ft (90m) road hope this next weekend and clean a bit the building site then mount 4 of those large 18ft steel piles to see how well they can be installed in my soil (mostly gravel) I will use that for a small shed and the base for a steel tower probably 20ft (6m) tall that will be used for my wind turbine INTERNET antenna weather station and video surveillance for now.
Then if this steel piles work well on my type of soil I will use them for the house about 15 of them spaced about 9 to 10 feet it will be much faster than concrete and probably greener since there is only steel and not that much concrete.
Price will be quite similar but it saves me with the excavation and concrete work probably one month in time saving and that is important since I'm already delayed with my schedule.
Since this steel piles are an engineered product I will probably not need a foundation design and after I change the drawings maybe I can get the building permit whiteout engineered stamps. That will be great since this is what I hate most about this job.