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 16

Day 16

The second half of the steel was dropped off today… wow that is a lot of steel. A small hole was torched in to one end of each of the beams that will be used on Monday so that they can be lifted vertically and then lowered in to the holes. We met with a...
Day 15

Day 15

The drill rig arrived today, it is a Caterpillar 315CL with a LoDril attachment (see the Equipment page for details) with a 24in auger bit that will do most of the work and a matching casing bit, just in case we manage to find the one rock within a 20 mile radius. The operator drilled...
Day 14

Day 14

The shoring drill rig will be dropped off at 9am tomorrow, followed by the first half of the I-beams between 11am and noon. Even though drilling will not start until Monday (May 9th), today was spent making final preparations for the shoring piles. This included cutting small 2ft wide strips out of the 100 year...
Day 13

Day 13

More preparations for the drill rig today, mostly on the east side of the property (right side of the video), although some work was done on the west side where portions of the hedge on the north-west corner of the property (top left of video) were removed to make way for two pylons. The neighbor’s...
Day 12

Day 12

The temporary power pole received city approval today, so now we are just waiting on the electric company … which seems to be a recurring theme on this project. More shoring prep work, including the smoothing of some block wall footings to make sure the drill rig doesn’t hit concrete. Not super exciting stuff, but...
Day 11

Day 11

The temporary power pole was delivered and installed today, but it will not be inspected until Monday since the city is closed every Friday. I drove down to Torrance to pay Edison for connection and disconnection fees for the temporary pole and called the Edison customer service line to establish my service account. After the...
Day 10

Day 10

The 312B excavator was dropped back off at our lot this morning. I hope it had fun on its field trip, now it needs to get back to work. A matching string was pulled along the west side of the property (left of the video) to give a constant reference point to the west property...
Day 9

Day 9

The Caterpillar 312B Hydraulic Excavator was taken to another job site early this morning, but don’t worry – it will be back tomorrow. As for site work today, all of the shoring piles on the east side of the property (right side of the video) were marked in the soil. Unfortunately part of the neighbor’s...
Day 8

Day 8

Another slow day, however there was at least some progress. The sewer line was located and capped just inside the property line today, officially marking the end of demolition. A line was pulled along the east side of the property to mark the height of the first floor and to provide a constant reference to...
Day 7

Day 7

After meeting with the demo/shoring/excavation/concrete contractor in the morning (Jason), he agreed that the existing 100 year old retaining walls need to be replaced. Jason’s second in command, Jeff, came back to survey the situation. Details of the existing conditions have been sent to the civil engineer so that he can determine what will be...
Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

Good Friday and Easter Weekend meant no work… but, I’m posting a time lapse anyway. Enjoy the shadows moving!
Day 6

Day 6

The final foundation was pulled out and the last few piles of debris are gone. So, we are down to dirt … and a utility pole. We might need to replace the wood fence you see at the bottom of the video and the white fence you see on the left of the video before...