What a ball-buster! SWMBO and I finally finished the stem wall forms and
will pour on Monday. The building inspector showed up today at 5 and said
that the approach we used to build the forms was "unorthodox" but that it
would be plenty strong. Heck, I just sorta figured that the corners of the
forms should be dovetailed together - who knew?
The only hitch is that the vertical rebar placement was a bit wide so I set
the form walls 8" apart instead of 6" in some sections. Those parts may not
be very pretty, but they are on the inside walls and will soon be covered
with the slab. Some of the wall sections are out of plumb by up to 3/4"
(out) but the building inspector said it was within code because of the wall
Getting those damn walls into place and getting everything level and square
was a bit of a trick - it has been quite hot here of late, and the wif and I
don't tolerate working in ditches in the direct sun for very long.
The mixer and concrete pump will show up Monday at 10:30. After the form
walls are poured we need to spread out and compact the fill and then
sand/gravel, and with any luck we will be able to pour the slab on October
1. Now the BIG question is if I can get it framed and a roof on it by the
end of October, when our sour weather usually begins.
I will be SO happy not to be working and stooping to ground level and