Well, today the wif and I finished with small stuff in the yard and building
area - marking things we wanted taken out or moved... "Fixin'" to get ready,
as it were. We checked the stringlines on the batterboards - is that the
right term?... Anyway, the diagonals were about 1 1/2 inches out - we will
take another look at it in the morning. I've marked all of the outside
diglines as the backhoe guy wanted, so...
I went to the planning department to see if I could reduce the size of the
footings and confirm a couple of "fuzzys"... The good news is that I can
modify things to save on concrete - and the process of doing it all a bit
less puckery... They gave the okay and mentioned a couple of other things
that I needed to do - another string of rebar near the top of the perimeter
The last step was to cut the sidewalk and back step by the garage so the
footings can be dug. I went to the lumberyard and picked up a couple of
abrasive cutting wheels for my Makita Circ hoping that would do it... Ran
into my woodshop teacher and he crumbed on the idea - but masonry blades
were almost a hundred bucks... Anyway, long story short, he said he had two
at his cabinet shop that he would loan me and BLAMMO... Poifect!
I took the cuts about 1/4 or 1/2" at a time, a bit more aggressively on
succeeding cuts as it was cutting well. I wore a face shield and as luck
would have it we had a pretty good breeze this afternoon and I was able to
be upwind of everything. The dog, however, was lying on the rest of the
sidewalk - downwind. He sneezed a few times, but couldn't be bothered to
get up. Of course he's an old orphaned, crippled mutt with three legs, no
balls, tail, brains, sense or shame, so I wasn't expecting much, given his
unbroken loosing track record with 2 rottweilers, 1 Doberman and a Chevy
pickup. I digress. I did notice that the saw sure works harder in concrete
than it does in doug fir... I'll have pics in the AM...
The backhoe will be here in the morning - we're going to double and
double-check our measurements.... More to come...
Oh boy! ooOOhh Boy! Oboyoboyoboyo!