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1. (WO2018218276) FOUNDATION APPARATUS, FOUNDATION ASSEMBLY, KIT AND METHOD OF INSTALLING THE SAME
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CLAIMS:

1. A foundation apparatus including:

a body;

a shaft extending from the body; and

a plurality of legs pivotally connected to the body, wherein the plurality of legs are movable from a stowed position to a deployed position in response to a driving force being applied to the foundation apparatus such that at least a portion of the shaft is driven into a ground surface whilst the plurality of legs engage the ground surface and splay outwardly relative to the shaft.

2. The foundation apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the body is a collar such that the shaft extends through a hole in the collar and is connected to the collar.

3. The foundation apparatus according to claim 2, wherein the shaft is welded to the collar or separable from the collar.

4. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the shaft includes: a force receiving portion configured to receive the driving force applied to the foundation apparatus; and

a ground penetrating portion which is configured to be driven into the ground surface.

5. The foundation apparatus according to claim 4, wherein the force receiving portion is configured to be received within a bit of an electrically powered hammer tool.

6. The foundation apparatus according to claim 4 or 5, wherein the ground penetrating portion of the shaft includes a pointed tip to protrude into the ground surface.

7. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein each leg includes a foot having planar surface to promote sliding of the foot through the ground whilst moving to the deployed position.

8. The foundation apparatus according to claim 7, wherein each foot has a pointed tip which points in a splaying direction of the respective leg.

9. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein each leg is pivotally fastened to the body via a roll pin.

10. The foundation apparatus according to claim 9, wherein an end of each leg is pivotally fastened within a respective socket of the body.

11. The foundation apparatus according to claim 10, wherein each socket is defined by a pair of opposing plates which receive therebetween the end of the respective leg, wherein the respective roll pin extends between the respective opposing plates and through a hole in the end of the respective leg.

12. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 11, including a deployment component that is threadably received over the shaft, wherein during movement of the foundation apparatus from the stowed position to the deployed position, the deployment component presses downwardly against the ground surface and exerts a force against a trailing edge of each leg to promote splaying of the legs.

13. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 12, wherein in the stowed position a majority of the legs do not extend past a footprint of the body.

14. The foundation apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 13, wherein each leg includes a narrowed midportion.

15. A foundation assembly including:

a foundation apparatus configured according to any one of claims 1 to 14; and a mesh sleeve that is coupled to at least a portion of the foundation apparatus.

16. A method of installing a foundation apparatus according to claim 1 , wherein the method includes:

locating the shaft of the foundation apparatus to contact the ground surface whilst the foundation apparatus is in the stowed position; and

applying the driving force to the foundation apparatus causing at least a portion of the shaft to be driven into the ground surface whilst the legs engage the ground engaging surface and splay out relative to the shaft.

17. The method according to claim 16, wherein the method further includes creating a hole in the ground surface, wherein the step of locating the shaft of the foundation apparatus includes locating the foundation apparatus within the hole.

18. The method according to claim 17, wherein the method further includes securing a structure to at least a portion of the foundation apparatus.

19. The method according to claim 18, wherein the method includes pouring a connecting material into the hole in order to connect the structure to at least a portion of the foundation apparatus.

20. The method according to claim 19, wherein the method includes locating a mesh sleeve over a portion of the foundation apparatus after deployment in the hole and prior to pouring a connecting material into the hole.

21. The method according to claim 20, wherein the method includes coupling the mesh sleeve to the foundation apparatus.

22. The method according to any one of claims 16 to 19, wherein the shaft of the foundation apparatus includes a force receiving portion configure to be received within a bit of an electrically powered hammer tool, wherein the method includes applying the driving force to the force receiving portion using the electrically powered hammer tool.

23. A kit for assembling a foundation assembly, including:

a foundation apparatus configured according to any one of claims 1 to 14; and a mesh sleeve that is adapted to be coupled to at least a portion of the foundation apparatus.