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The equipment pad is a sound foundation solution that provides a raised, level surface for light equipment such as air conditioners, generators and pumps. Equipment pads are molded from a recycled polyoleﬁn material, providing a lightweight alternative to concrete that saves the end user installation time and money.
Perfect solution for ductless mini split air conditioners (for outdoor units), it fits 9000, 12000, 18000, 24000 and 30000 btu, but we recommend you to check the dimensions of your equipment before ordering this pad.
ECO PAD equipment pads manufactured from quality, recycled materials:
Equipment pads may be installed directly on undisturbed soil, compacted fill or crushed rock. The area must be leveled and able to support the ribbed surface of the pad. Load capacities are based on minimum soil pressure of 1,000 psf.
Installation on Soil:
The soil must be suitable for bearing load from the pad. Typically, soft collapsible soils such as soft clays, organic soils, mulch, compost, loose sands or other loose soils must be replaced. Replace undesirable soil with compacted fill or soil with 2 to 3 in.(50 to 75 mm) of crushed rock. Hand tamp base to provide a level surface. The ground area should be leveled so that the entire rib surface of the pad touches the soil. Alternatively, they may be installed on hard surfaces such as concrete or decks.
Installation on Hard Surfaces:
Equipment pads can be installed directly on concrete or a deck. The pad itself can support the weight of unit with the ribbed surface of the pad being uniformly supported. When considering installation of these pads on roof decks, compatibility with the roof deck or membrane shall be the responsibility of the installer. This installation guide can provide information regarding the bearing capacity of the pad on various soils and the weight the pad itself can sustain. We does not assume responsibility for any damage resulting from installation on a deck or roof membrane.
Provide adequate drainage in the area where the pad will be installed. The surrounding ground area should be sloped away from the pad to reduce the possibility of water ponding. A minimum slope of 2% (1/4 in per ft) is recommended.
Multiple pads are commonly used for supporting equipment. The total pad footprint should be as close to the dimensions of the equipment as possible. The pad footprint shall not be less than the unit nor shall it be oversized such that the exposed portion of the pad is used as a designated walkway A uniform soil or base material shall be provided underneath the pads. The pads do not need to be attached to each other.
Point loading of the pad should be avoided. A point load is applied by a unit that has feet or small contact points that can apply a concentrated load onto the pad such as through leveling pads or rubber base isolators. Point loading shall be over an area no smaller than 2 inches. Point loading shall not exceed 30 lbs per sq. inch.
Local building code requirements and equipment manufacturer’s recommendations for foundation and support requirements shall take precedence over our installation recommendations. For heater applications, comply with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) specifications.