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 29

Day 29

The lagging is now scheduled for June 2nd, which is one day later than we were initially told… but, my excavation contractor didn’t want the site just sitting there. We had a very small crew at the site today, and managed to remove another 4 truck loads of dirt – bringing the current total to...
Day 28

Day 28

Another day of excavation, with 28 truck loads leaving – bringing us to 97 loads of dirt that have been exported from the site… or about 1/3 of the way done. After today the excavation will be put on hold until the lagging is delivered, as we are at the 4ft maximum vertical cut that...
Day 27

Day 27

Not a whole lot to say about excavation at this point… just more dirt going away. Today we had 30 truckloads leave. I also found a nearby location that wants our dirt, so hopefully we can work out a deal with them before the dirt is all gone and we can save a bit on...
Day 26

Day 26

Another 23 truckloads of dirt left today, and it still looks like nothing has really happened… but, given that we are only about 15% of the way through excavation the site looks as it should. The lagging was ordered today, so it should arrive mid next week. 190 pieces of 4×12 that are each 12ft...
Day 24

Day 24

Light rain in the morning, but not enough to stop progress. The last 6 beams were placed today, so excavation can start tomorrow! Excavation will progress 4 vertical feet at a time, since that is the maximum vertical cut we can have without shoring… so, dig 4ft down, place shoring, dig 4ft down, place shoring,...
Day 23

Day 23

Today’s fun was called on account of rain… errr, uh, it never started. Oh well, I’m sure it is the first of many.
Day 22

Day 22

The last 6 perimeter piles were completed today, leaving us with just the 6 interior piles that keep the east side of the driveway slope from falling in to the basement. The site was prepared for the 6 interior piles and each pile was marked with a pin in the ground. The forecast calls for...
Day 21

Day 21

Piles were drilled, beams were dropped, and concrete was filled for another 12 piles today, leaving 6 along the west property line for Monday and the 6 interior piles (between the driveway and the west wall of the basement) for Tuesday… Three days before I expected the piles to all be in! The drilling company...
Day 20

Day 20

The shoring crew managed to get 12 beams drilled, dropped, and filled today … even with the pole still in the way. Speaking of the pole, we had a certified welder come out and build custom temporary bracing for the utility pole using a previously placed 35ft pile as an anchor. We want to make...
Day 19

Day 19

The crew seems to have adapted to the job site, as they managed to drill, drop, and fill 10 piles today. At this pace we will hopefully gain a few days on the schedule. It’s a shame the utility pole is still in the way, as that is really the last unknown. The neighbors have...
Day 18

Day 18

If you read Day 17’s entry, then you know what happened today. Drill 8 holes, drop 8 beams, fill 8 holes with concrete – the only difference is that 2 holes from yesterday also need concrete, as there was a slight miscalculation on the first day.
Another weekend

Another weekend

Another weekend has passed and as expected, not much happened. I usually skip weekend videos because nobody wants to watch the tree branches move around in the wind, but this weekend there was a little bit of activity, so I thought I would share the video. Saturday’s activities included torching holes in about half of...