Simplify the difficult with ground screws!
Ground screw, earth screw, screw anchor, earth anchor or pier anchor – this simple and effective foundation has many names. Stop Digging’s ground screw works the same way as a concrete post or pier block, whilst outperforming it across the board. With our helical screws you can quickly and easily set out a stable foundation and begin construction immediately.
Our ground screw is the best solution for supporting wooden decks, sheds, greenhouses, conservatories, carports or other structures such as flagpoles, signs or fences. Stop Digging offers a range of screws in different models and sizes to cater to whatever building project you have in mind, and on whatever terrain. Whether it is soft or hard ground, when installed our screws are fully functional and you waste no time waiting for wet concrete to set. Stop digging with Stop Digging!
Stop Digging is a Swedish company that designed and developed the ground screw: a modern and cost-effective ground anchor for both large and small construction projects. Our business concept is not only to provide a high quality product, but to deliver and install it to the highest professional standard, saving you work, time and money. We install ground screws for a wide range of projects in Canada, all year round and in all weathers. Stop Digging’s professional installers will take your idea from the drawing board and create a strong and stable foundation for you to complete your project.
Case studies of building projects with ground screws
As a first step we recommend you measure and mark the location of the decking in your garden. This will enable you to more easily visualise the decking, how it will be used, and the impact it has on the surroundings. It is also useful to think about the type of furniture and other items you want to place upon the deck so that it is not too small.
If you are building over a lawn it is a good idea to cover this with a landscaping fabric followed by gravel to prevent the grass and weeds from poking up through the slats of the deck! The deck need to be anchored into the ground, the wooden bearers need to be supported no more than 8 feet apart in all directions. This is ideally suited to the versatile ground screw rather than the older, heavier concrete piers or posts. Stop Digging’s installer will arrive at your home with all of the necessary equipment and will sink the beam screws according to your plan. Then, without delay, it’s time to start building!
When the grid of ground screws is in place you can immediately attach the pressure-treated wooden bearers creating a frame, preferably with bolts for added strength. It is usually recommended to use, at least, lumber sized 2 x 8 inches for the bearers in order to have sufficient load bearing strength. It is also advisable to install a very slight slope away from the house to improve water drainage. The floor joists are then attached to the bearers with screws or joist hangers 16-24 inches apart, depending on the lumber. When the floor joists are in place, the fun begins with the fixing of the deck boards!
Building outdoor spaces
Pergolas, patio covers, conservatories, sunrooms and other similar structures often can be purchased as buildning kits or just bought as parts at your local DIY store. In either case, the design and construction is the same, using posts and bearers resting on a sound foundation. The ground screw from Stop Digging is the perfect solution for installing an outdoor building such as this. As there is enormous variety in the design and manufacture of these structures, the versatility and precision placement of the ground screw is the best choice for such a foundation. Depending on the positioning and frame construction we recommend our post, adapter or beam screw. Often a combination of these over variable terrain gives the best results. Contact your local installer for a consultation and a quote. We have extensive experience in underpinning garden buildings in Canada.
Fences are heavily exposed to wind, rain, plants and – of course – children! We offer a range of post ground screws of different sizes and heads for attaching a wide variety of posts shapes and sizes. For a 2,5 feet high fence, wooden posts are typically 4 x 4 inches lumber placed 6–8 feet apart. We recommend you select pressure-treated lumber, stainless steel screws and other fittings for long-term durability. When it comes to the fence’s design, google can help, but it is also a good idea to talk with your neighbors to find a mutually satisfactory design.
Measure out where you should have your fence and mark the ground for every post. Call Stop Digging and our installer will come out and anchor all the post screws you need, after you inform them of any underground services or other issues. Once installed, you are good to go!
Building sheds and other garden buildings
As there is enormous variety in garden buildings, from kits through to self-made designs, ground screws are a versatile and flexible solution for any foundation needs. For example, a simple shed can be built on a deck-like foundation or frame and the number of supports will vary depending on the size of the structure. Stop Digging’s beam screws are ideal for this, and can be quickly and easily installed and adjusted for a level frame. Or, if the shed is a kit, then our adapter screw may be a better fit. Other storage buildings, such as bicycle sheds, bin rooms or children’s playhouses benefit enormously from the flexibility of ground screws and their precision adjustment for height and location. Contact your local installer for tips and quotes!
Building a carport
If you want to protect your car, a carport is a good alternative to a garage. We recommend that you design the carport in a similar style to the surroundings so that the extension does not detract from your home. Don’t forget to install an electric socket in the carport for charging, cleaning and other tasks. Do not skimp on the dimensions so that parking is stress-free!
Carports have to stand up to all weather conditions, so a sound foundation is essential. Stop Digging’s ground screws are ideal for this purpose. Depending on the size and design of the building, you may require a variety of different screw models to create the optimal foundation. Remember a screw can withstand the same load as a concrete post, whilst outperforming it in every other way. The design of the carport can, of course, vary, but usually our post or beam screws are the best choice for creating a stable, wind resistant structure. Contact your local installer for a consultation and pricing!
Building holiday homes and other houses
Ground screws can support vacation homes and cabins in all models and sizes. Many house manufacturers offer pre-assembled finished homes, whilst others offer kits and of course many choose to build their ideal vacation home in loose timber.
We often want to build vacation homes and cabins in remote locations with fantastic views, which makes construction more complicated. These are often in the mountains or in coastal areas where the terrain can be tricky to dig with stones, rocks, sandy coastal soil or heavy clay. This makes the ground screw an unbeatable foundation for such buildings. Not only can it easily penetrate such soils, but also our equipment can reach places that are awkward or inaccessible for concrete foundations. Steep slopes are easy with ground screws! What’s more, ground screws represent a less damaging option both to the terrain and the climate, which can make your design more attractive to planners.
Which of our different screw models is best suited depends on the design of the home and its location. Normally the beam screw or adapter screw are ideal, but speak with your installer for advice. We have plenty of experience creating strong foundations for vacation homes in a wide variety of environments and we are more than happy to advise you at any stage of your building project.
Ready, steady, build!
Ground screws replace concrete posts and piers without changing any other aspect of your building design. You can plan the perfect structure or building, and then before falling into the concrete trap, speak with Stop Digging and we can offer you an optimal solution for your foundation needs, without the hassle, mess and environmental cost of concrete. We can easily provide a quote and book an installation day!
We give you a secure anchorage
Our installers anchor the ground screws for you. Installation is quick and easy, for example the supports for a medium-sized wooden deck can be ready in just a few hours. The ground is pre-drilled for each screw to ensure the best possible bite, regardless of the type of soil or rock. Our equipment is light and portable and does not wreck your garden moving into place. The drilling does not tear up the grass, tarmac or other terrain, and after we are finished we leave behind the minimum of mess. Stop Digging’s ground screws come with a 25 year warranty.
in every way.
Ground screws replace and outperform concrete blocks. If we consider the environmental cost of concrete, ground screws offer a way forward in these changing times without sacrificing stability, cost or longevity.
Fast to install, strong, lightweight, low cost, robust, low mess, climate friendly – what is not to love! There are many advantages to the ground screw, but above all else it is about your time and effort: you do not have to lug heavy loads, dig deep holes, pour messy concrete and wait for it to set. Our helical ground screws should not be confused with basic ground anchors or lightweight soil screws from DIY stores that you can install yourself – we only sell finished building foundations using mounted screws with a 25-year guarantee.
|Simple and fast to install||FITS ALL SUBSTRATES: LOAMY, SANDY, CLAY OR ROCKY SOIL - WE ANCHOR IN EVERYTHING.||A concrete support emits 50% more carbon dioxide on average than a ground screw|
Advantages of the ground screw:
|1. We install ground screws throughout the country, all year round.||4. Resistant to harsh climates without corrosion: made of 4 mm galvanized steel.||7. Thoroughly tested for tension, pressure and load.|
|2. They follow Canada building regulations||5. Suitable for all terrains, soils and tough surfaces, the screws come in several models and lengths||8. Numerous applications for special assembly|
|3. The ground screw is reusable||6. Does not destroy any surrounding surfaces during installation||9. ISO-certified and CE marked|
|Simple and fast to install|
|FITS ALL SUBSTRATES: LOAMY, SANDY, CLAY OR ROCKY SOIL - WE ANCHOR IN EVERYTHING.|
|A concrete support emits 50% more carbon dioxide on average than a ground screw|
Advantages of the ground screw:
|1. We install ground screws throughout the country, all year round.||6. Does not destroy any surrounding surfaces during installation|
|2. They follow Canada building regulations||7. Thoroughly tested for tension, pressure and load.|
|3. The ground screw is reusable||8. Numerous applications for special assembly|
|4. Resistant to harsh climates without corrosion: made of 4 mm galvanized steel./td>||9. ISO-certified and CE marked|
|5. Suitable for all terrains, soils and tough surfaces, the screws come in several models and lengths|