Shoring
Day 58

Day 58

The lagging for the west wall, where the pole had been, was completed today. Now that the shoring is done, we are finally free to work anywhere on the site! After lunch, the guys completed the excavation for the footings along the north wall (top of video) of the basement, and started on the excavation...
Day 57

Day 57

The drain pipe for the low-point in the theater was placed in the trench that was laid yesterday and the trench was back-filled. The slope on the north east side of the theater (top right of video) was corrected and the driveway slope (top left) was made usable. After lunch, the electric company finally showed...
Day 53

Day 53

The initial driveway slope was created, mostly to allow the mini-excavator and bobcat to go up it, the steps in the theater were completed, the shoring between the basement and driveway was back-filled, and the excavated grade was leveled. Most of the excess dirt was moved to the backyard area (bottom right of the video)...
Day 52

Day 52

The crew spent most of the day wrapping up the shoring between the driveway and the theater (top left of video), although they also managed to do a bit more leveling of the basement sub-floor.
Day 51: Foundation Prep

Day 51: Foundation Prep

The shoring/excavation/concrete contractor switched crews today from the excavation guys to the concrete guys! This means that we have officially started work on the foundation. The new crew spent about half the day getting their bearings, pulling strings, taking elevations, etc. The second half of the day was spent excavating the steps in the theater...
Day 47

Day 47

Another day of exporting dirt… 10 truckloads were exported today. The crew also did a little bit of work on the lagging along the east wall (right side of the camera). Dirt export truck-load total: 212 loads.
Day 45

Day 45

Another day of installing lagging. Today the crew focused on the northwest corner of the lot, which is where the driveway will slope down. No dirt was exported today. The phone and cable companies came out today to start moving their lines off the utility pole to the new underground conduits. They will be back...
Day 44

Day 44

The shoring guys were here again on a Saturday. The east wall is to within a few inches of the final excavation depth, which is great news. On the down side, no word from the electric company yet about timing for the pole removal… All fees have been paid, documents have been signed, and various...
Day 43

Day 43

The excavation depth was increased a bit more along the far north (furthest from the camera) and south (closest to the camera) slopes, on both the east and west walls. Three truckloads of dirt were exported. Dirt export truck-load total: 194 loads.
Day 42

Day 42

Not much to say about what happened today… More lagging along the east wall and 24 truckloads of dirt exported. The center portion of the east wall is getting pretty close to the final depth. Hopefully the utility pole will be gone next week and the excavation guys can finally excavate the 15 foot safe...
Day 41

Day 41

The trench that was made down the neighbor’s driveway, in order to underground their utilities, was finally patched today. It was really great of the neighbor’s to allow us to move their utilities, as I’m sure it was a headache for them. On the plus side, one of the neighbor’s took advantage of the open...
Day 40

Day 40

A little more lagging along the west wall was placed and a whole lot of dirt was removed… 31 truck loads, to be more precise. The neighbor’s driveway was prepared for the asphalt patch guys, who will be here tomorrow. Dirt export truck-load total: 163 loads.