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istory of Foundationdrilling.com

 This website is intended for anyone faced with the challenge of drilling a hole in the ground. It sounds a lot easier than it, quite often, turns out! Seems like the best holes are drilled by those who:

 

 1.)  Know what they are doing, and

 

 2.)  Have the right equipment to tackle the task at hand.   

 

We can help you with both, but you cannot “wish” a hole into the ground! You have to be prepared to attack it,  You have to do whatever it takes to get the hole down!

 

I have pulled the levers on Texomas, Watsons, Spiradrills, Soilmecs, Bauers, Casagrandes and IMTs to name a few. I have never drilled with an LDH, thank God for that! I have open-holed, slurried, cased and cheated holes into the ground from South Dakota to South Carolina and from Lost Wages to West Texas.  In igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, SGC, wet sand and pure slop.

 

I have suffered the costs of aggressive and careless operators and suffered the extremes of weather from the deserts of Arizona to the mountain tops of Colorado. Sometimes we actually made good money, sometimes the GC or the owner got the best of us. I have the battle scares of many years in the seat and even down the hole, as a "PhD"... professional hole driller.

 

One thing I did learn and I will preach ‘til my last breath, you need to “get smart”, before you do something stupid! It amazes me how many contractors do it the other way around. Big ones too, they hire some inexperienced, hot dog that thinks he knows everything, because he has a piece of paper and before long…you got it, he’s really got things fouled up.

 

The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC)—that’s right, for those of you that don’t know, it was called the Association of Drill Shaft Contractors, but the crew wanted to keep ADSC, because it spins off the tongue a little easier than I-A-F-D—anyway, this organization was the best thing that ever happened to our industry. From education to intervention, this is an advocacy group that can help any contractor willing to invest in his own success.

 

I have been drilling in that Gold Mine since 1991 and it has been a terrific relationship. Some of my best friends and most of my industry education came from this organization. After years serving on committees, serving as a board member and officer, I can truthfully say that the ADSC was the best thing that happened to me in my professional career.

 

The support, friendships, the professional impact and knowledge base is unparalleled by any specialty association. It is what you make it and your involvement is an investment in your success.

 

I have been involved in other trade groups, but never with one that was so truly helpful as the ADSC. Your involvement is not mandatory by any means, but if you want to give your firm the best chance for success, then…get involved.

 

Now, that was an unsolicited free advertisement for the ADSC, wasn’t it!

 

For years, I had prospered in the foundation drilling business with help from the good folks and members of the ADSC.  On September 11th, 2001, I was in shock like many of you. The world as we knew it was changed forever. The impact was almost immediate. My growing drilling business was sitting idle while the world waited for the next big thing. Owners shelved big projects and the industry started to panic.

 

In January of 2001, I was buying rigs and cranes, now I needed to sell a yard full of iron in a horrible contruction market.  Between general contractors, geo-techs, banks and insurance companies, I knew something had to change. As it turned out, it was me!

 

My son, Cody and I burned the candle at both ends to sell our fleet in a down market.  The result of our successful liquidation was that we had more buyers than we had equipment to sell…so I put a seller in California together with a buyer in Texas and buyers in California together with sellers in Colorado and so on and so on…and today we are still improving, growing and evolving.

 

Marketing was my forte, and buying and selling construction equipment just seemed to come naturally.  As an outgrowth of my own business liquidation, foundationdrilling.com was developed with the help of my son, Cody.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University in Electronic Media, it only made since for him to continue to put buyers and sellers together with a little help from the Internet.

 

As a return user, you may have noticed a few changes to this website.  We continue to invest in our business or services and our future.  This new website is proof of our continued quest to improve, but we would like your feedback.  What do you like or dislike about our updated website.  What would you like to see here that isn't here?

 

How can we serve you better? Please take a moment to let us know what is on your mind.

 

If you want to buy or sell a rig - or an entire company - call us or drop us an email.  I look forward to talking with you about whatever is on your plate or to just chew the fat.

 

Unfortunately, Cody took his life on September 2, 2012 and is no longer with us.  He is in a better place and hopefully his pain and suffering has ended.  For those of you who did not know Cody, he was haunted by events in his childhood and was later diagnosed as severely depressed and suffering from PTSD.  To add to all of that, Cody was injured at Northern Arizona University resulting in multiple injuries to his back and shoulders.  He endured four or five surgeries to correct the injuries, but his back continued to give him unbearable pain right up to the last day.  Please pray for our beloved son, Cody.  He was a wonderful young man that was loved by all those who knew him.  Those that did not know him, had no appreciation for the psychological and physical pain that he dealt with everyday.