Two questions for a house I was looking at with my sister (new
1) poured basement foundation walls have eyebolt style brackets that
are sticking out of the walls all over the place. 2/3 of the bracket
is cast into the concrete, and the other 1/3 sticks out with a big
hole in the bracket. Just curious what these are all for.
2) When my house was built, the builder dug out the basement, then
poured the foundation - except for the garage where they did not dig
out underneath except to pour the footings. This house had the entire
garage dug out, with full basement-height walls poured underneath the
garage exterior walls. I imagine they will have to backfill the hole
under the garage floor in order to support the weight of 3 cars...but
if this is the case, why would they dig it out and pour full height
walls in the first place?
Strange. It makes no sense to excavate the whole thing only to
it and compact it. Only two reasons that I can think of. If extra
space is desired, then they could leave it as basement, but obviously
doing the floor to support the cars is going to be $$$.
The other is if the ground were composed of crap, like buried waste,
that was unsuitable to support the garage floor.
I do have my workshop in the basement. But it is a ROYAL PITA to get big
sheets or big lumber down the rickety stairs. So now I have a lumber
cart/panelcutter in the garage to at least cut things down to manageable
size. BTW, hardly anyone around here (http://radburn.org - the town for
the motor age) uses their Model T era garages for their cars.
I strongly suspect Jim's thinking of a walkout basement under the
garage, not the empty swimming pool type. Of course, if have that in
mind and there's still time to get it done, having the pour accommodate
a double door would be _a_good_thing_ (tm), too...
True dat. Idiot previous owner of this place poured a new section of
wall to replace the door to the original 1-car garage in the basement
when they added the addition and 2-car garage on main level. He also
filled in the notch in the front yard. Wish he would have just framed it
in and added a 3-0 exterior door. It would have made a great woodshop.
As it is, it is close to useless- no way to get a table saw in there
other than in pieces, and no way to get a 4x8 panel around the corner in
kitchen and down the basement stairs.
How do you know they aren't planning to pour a slab that can hold 3
cars without being filled in underneath?
I have a friend who built a 2 level garage on his farm. The upper
level holds 2 cars and is accessible from the front of the garage off
of the main driveway near the house.
The lower level is accessible from the rear of the garage, after going
down a steep slope off the side of the driveway.
The upper level is for his cars, the lower level is for his tractors
and dirt bikes.
As others have said, they kept the concrete formsw from separating.
Those metal tabs, or eyeholes can be broke off. Have the builder do
it, or show you how.
There could have been a screw up on the excavators part and misread
the prints. Ask your builder what he plans do about it. If he plans on
backfilling, make sure it is compacted really well and filled with the
proper material. If if it isn't filled and compacted properly, the
garage floor will sink and crack in short order. If he is planning on
putting a floor in that will hold the cars, make sure you get the
engineers report/blueprints that states how it should be done, then
make sure it is done right.
Don't be afraid to ask questions to the builder.
One more thing........ Whatever you do, make sure the foundation and
anything underground is done correctly ( drain pipe, sumps, footers,
walls and etc. ). It gets real costly trying to change anything
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