Building a Home #4: In the trenches.

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Blog entry by grainhead posted 12-31-2011 05:36 PM 647 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Batterboards in place time to dig some trenches. There is no frost line here, most homes are built on grade here. I elected to put my footings below grade anyway. You never know when mother nature will want to change things up. My mother is building a home as well, she had professionals from the construction firm she works for do her footings. The home is about 40’ long and the footings were 3” outside level from end to end after they were finished. The method used was dig trench, set reinforcement and fill with concrete. After seeing this I was fearful of my ability to get it right. I have never poured concrete before, how was I to achieve better results. I decided to put forms in my trenches so I could get everything level. Using strings from my batterboards I got the corners set and leveled the forms with laser. setting corner After that reinforcement was set. A rain storm came through and filled my trenches with water. Water always sits dead level when undisturbed. Using that water I found my footing formd were perfectly level. Here is a shot of the forms.formwork Time for concreteconcrete fill

-- "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein

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