Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the dimensions of the poles these augers will receive?

For the Skru-Tyte™ Industrial Steel Auger the standard dimensions are 2" pipe, 2-3/8" galvanized round tubing and 1-3/4 square tubing.

For the QWKE Anchoring solutions the standard dimensions are 1-1/2" to 2".

What keeps this auger from going in the ground crooked?

When you first drill the initial hole down about 2 inches, the soil is typically soft enough that alignment is easiest at that point. From the 2 inch depth until it wedges tight is the critical time. In the majority of cases thus far, the softer the soil, the more plum the alignment is achieved. Should there be rock or really dense soil, the use of water to soften the soil is especially helpful in alignment.

Can an auger be used for both permanent and temporary installation of vertical uprights?

Yes. Even permanent can be removed if repair is necessary.

Can a square or rectangular upright be installed in this auger?

Currently, the only square/rectangular adapter that is available is designed to accommodate 1- 3/4 inch tubing. All other applications are intended for round tubing insertion. However, keep in mind that the collets are designed to conform to any configuration, round, square, rectangular, etc.

Can the auger be cemented in after installation?

There is nothing that should prohibit concrete being added for more stability but the cement could reduce the effectiveness of the auger itself, by design.

During installation, what if the auger were to hit a sprinkler line, gas pipe or any electricity lines?

In any situation where you have the slightest suspicion that such a condition could exist, consult your local utility company for marker locations of the utility lines that might exist within the path you might insert the augers. This is typically a free service. As for our tests, the augur screwed past the object rather than disrupt it.

Can the auger be affected by wind sheer?

Wind sheer is typically associated with the tolerance of the tubing in respect to the load affixed to the pole. Wind sheer, addresses how much wind, at what velocity it will take to break or collapse the tubing. The auger base will likely remain secure in the ground, depending if water is associated with the wind sheer factor or if flooding were associated with the sheer incident. The auger is designed to withstand the sheer and allow for the tuning to be replaced back in the auger base.

Is the auger base designed to be used for climbing?

Under no circumstance is the auger base designed to address a free standing vertical upright that is for climbing purposes. However, certain climbing apparatus, example, ladders that are anchored to a structure such as a deer stand provide excellent stability to the upright support.

Could a larger pole diameter be installed over the outside of the auger base and be as secure?

No. The design of the auger base is to install the upright in a telescoping manner, thus giving optimum anchoring dynamics.

Is this product under patented or patent pending in any other countries beside the United States?

Yes. Patented in Canada also.

Can this auger base be installed and expected to hold securely under water?

In certain applications, this auger base is the better method of installing certain projects. The applications are more likely to be addressed by professionals, but the method of installation would have to be specifically modified for underwater applications. Thus far, the tests have proven that the augur has substantial holding power underwater and is easily installed with a mechanical hand operated ratchet tool. Only certified divers are to attempt this type of installation.

What makes this auger different from other auger systems?

The design is specific for stabilizing a vertical upright with the least amount of soil being disturbed and securing the base for optimum stability.

If someone wanted the auger base more waterproof, could they install their vertical upright and use silicone to fill the void around the pole?

Yes. It would probably make for a tougher extraction from the base but it would not disrupt the concept of the auger base effectiveness.