Day 55: Footings!

Day 55: Footings!

After the holiday weekend, the footings were chalked out today. For anyone that is wondering, the footings are large slabs of concrete that sit at the bottom of the basement walls to prevent the walls from shifting in the dirt by distributing the load of the house over a larger...
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...
Time to Excavate!

Time to Excavate!

Day 25 and the dirt can finally go! Yup, that means excavation started today, which is a big step. It doesn’t look like much happened, but about 160 CY (cubic yards) of dirt was removed … or 16 truck loads. Not bad considering there were only four trucks today. Why...
Shoring has started!

Shoring has started!

Work day 17 and the prep work is complete meaning the I-beams are finally going in the ground. Eight beams were placed today, although only 6 were filled with concrete (due to a slight miscalculation). The last two will be filled tomorrow along with ten new beams. Overall, the process...
Demolition has begun!

Demolition has begun!

After a little over four years (1,616 days – but who’s counting?) of planning, fighting with the city, public hearings, and legal battles – we have finally broken ground on our house.  Ok, to be fair we knocked down the old house, but its a start!  We had a crowd...
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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.
Day 39

Day 39

Most of the on-site work today happened on the west wall, where the excavated depth was increased and additional lagging was put in place. Six loads of dirt left the site today. Dirt export truck-load total: 132 loads.
Day 38

Day 38

It Saturday, and the job is moving forward! I’m sure this is just first of many weekend workdays. My shoring/excavation/concrete contractor had two guys here today increasing the lagging depth along the east wall (right side of video). No dirt was exported today. This week I will take some photos from ground level of the...
Day 37

Day 37

More dirt was moved away from the east wall (right side of the video) so that more lagging could be installed. The deepest section is now 8ft, which is just over half of the 15ft it will be when the the excavation is done. No dirt was exported today. Dirt export truck-load total: 126 loads....
Day 36

Day 36

Today was pretty slow on our construction site, since most of my contractor’s crew was focused on the sidewalk and driveway next door. These needed to be re-poured because they were removed yesterday to allow them to finish the underground utility conduits. The only real on-site work was to increase the depth of the excavation...
Day 35

Day 35

An amazing amount of progress was made today! The lagging crew managed to finish almost all of the west wall (left side of video) leading up to the utility pole. In addition, 15 loads of dirt were taken off the site. Good progress is also being made on moving the neighbors’ utilities underground. The street...
Day 34

Day 34

The entire east wall (right side of video) now has lagging for the exposed earth, and the crew has moved on to the west side. One the west wall, four sections of lagging were completed. Even though the focus was lagging, five loads of dirt were exported today. The Caterpillar 312B L Hydraulic Excavator was...
Day 33

Day 33

Another day of mostly installing lagging, although two truck-loads of dirt were taken away. Most of the east wall (right side of the video) has lagging for the exposed earth and more will be added as we dig deeper. Dirt export truck-load total: 106 loads.
Day 32

Day 32

More lagging was placed along the east wall today, and three loads of dirt were removed. The export of dirt will continue to be a bit slow until most of the walls are protected. Dirt export truck-load total: 104 loads.
Day 31

Day 31

190 pieces of treated 12″x4″x12′ lumber were delivered this morning (don’t blink, or you will miss it in the video). Excavation can finally continue, but first the lagging needs to be put in place. The crew started with most difficult section of lagging, which is where the positioning transitions from inside the flanges to behind...
Day 30

Day 30

Today was spent preparing the site for the wood lagging that will be delivered tomorrow. Not too exciting, but I’m posting the video anyway.