heheh...Thanks for the chuckle, Ron... Well, all is dug, more damn dirt to
move than I've seen in a while... I reset the batter boards and need to cut
about an additional 3" into the NW side for the footings. I have the other
3 sides all cleared out of loose dirt and am working next to the garage
I am kinda embarrassed to admit it, but after shoveling all of the loose
dirt out of the trenches, I had a better idea.... I broke out the shop vac
(6.25 Sears HP) and vacuumed the bottom of the trenches so I could get a
more accurate take on just how deep they were/far out I am... Of course,
Rose heard the sound and came around the corner to see what the *hell*
going on.... She was laughing so hard she nearly pissed herself... If a
tool does the job, what's the problem??? Anyway, that worked GREAT! Now I
can see what the hell is going on.
I am trying NOT to build a Saturn V launching pad.... I had a guy come by
for his take on it and he just said to fill it all up with concrete and not
worry about forming the footings. Of course that would end up being nearly
30 yards of concrete, way more than double my original estimate... and at
$100+ a yard.... jeez!
So, I am trying to figure out how to set the forms up for the footings.... I
only NEED footings that are 12" x12" for code.... 12x15 is code for two
story.... I measured out and planned for 12 x 16.... but the backhoe guy cut
some portions of the trenches 24" wide and up to 30" below grade (I only
needed 18-20") On top of the footings are an 18" tall 6" wide perimeter
stem wall that supports the 4" slab. I know that filling back in if it's
too deep is a no-no.... So, it looks like I am going to be buying more
rock/sand than I had hoped...
The good part is we are making good use of the soil that came out of the
trenches. we borrowed my FIL's cement mixer and are mixing the soil that
came out of the trenches with sand, sawdust and lighter soil and a couple of
BIG ROCKS to break up all of the clods... Presto! Amended soil for low
spots, raised beds and planter boxes. The mixer works like a charm and
spits out most of the larger rocks and debris before the mixed soil comes
out.... I've filled up a 3x2x9' planter box and a bunch of wine
half-barrels and have plenty of soil left.
We are going away on a vacation in the next few days and will start working
on forms and rebar when we get back. I'll be posting more pics, too...
Thanks for your curiosity! I am *SO*
looking forward to my first 1) beer 2)
ceegar and 3) crosscut in the new building...
PS: I think I figured out where the Backhoe operator came from.... he was
an extra in "Deliverance", until they decided he was too nuts.