Publication Abstract




Deep Foundations Journal Spring 1984, (DFI)

History of Timber Piles and Preservation Techniques
Bruce Haldeman; American Wood Preservers' Institute and Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc.

Timber has been used as pile support for structures for 6,000 years. Some means of preservation of wood go back almost that far. Timber piles support all types of structures - some are buried below the water table; others raise a home for protection from animals or a chief's home for prestige. Millions of wood piles have been driven for bridge support. Earlier piles were driven by hand then by ingeniously raised weights. Charring, animal fats and oils have been used for preservation. Coal tar creosote and other preservative methods started only in the early 1800's and give effective protection.


 article #749; publication #44 (DFJ-1984)