Finishing Up Foundation Bricks

The foundation bricks are about to be completed.

June 12, 2010 - Finishing up the foundation bricks.

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Laying Foundation Bricks

After a long break due to thunderstorms and rain, we finally started to lay the foundation bricks. We’re using cinder blocks and Quikrete Mason Mix. We’re starting on the lowest step and then will start to build up our corners.

April 24, 2010 - Laying the foundation bricks for the cabin.

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Removing Form Boards

After a week of letting the concrete cure it was time to remove the form boards. It had rained during the week and the bottom of the trench was full of water. This made pulling the form boards difficult since the stake holes would pull a vacuum every time we pulled up a stake, but with enough hammering we got everything removed.

March 20, 2010 - Removing the footing form boards.

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Pouring the Footing

The big day, we had to pour about 150 bags of concrete for the footing since getting a concrete truck to the site was not an option. We started about 7am and it was a very long day. One of the mixers wasn’t working too well, so we only used one mixer and did some mixing by hand. Everything went as expected, it was a lot of work, but we finished up about 4pm.

March 13, 2010 - pouring the footing for the cabin.

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Concrete Delivery

We had three pallets of concrete delivered from Home Depot on Friday. We didn’t think they would be able to get to the build site to drop off the concrete, so we had planned on using this weekend to move everything up the hill with a truck.

Lucky for us, the delivery truck had a relatively small forklift that fit through the trees and up the hill. They were able to deliver the concrete right to the site, so we didn’t have to do anything this weekend.

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Putting Rebar In Place

This weekend we’re putting the rebar in place.

February 27, 2010 - putting rebar in place.

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Form Boards Going In

It’s taken a lot of work but the form boards for the concrete footing are almost done. It’s taken a lot longer to cut the steps and get everything level.

February 20, 2010 - form boards for footing going in.

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Cleaning Up the Trench

After digging the trench there’s still a lot of work needed to put in the form boards. There about a two foot drop from the top of the site to the bottom, so we will be stepping our footing down.

January 20, 2010 - Cleaning up the trench for the cabin footing

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Renting an Excavator

After the disaster with the bobcat we decided to rent an excavator and dig a trench for the footing. It was very heavy and we had problems towing it up a gravel road to get to the property. We ended up having someone with a bigger truck pull it up.

Once the excavator was on-site everything was great. It has a lot of power and had no problems ripping up tree stumps and digging the trench.

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Starting Site Prep

We had a rented Bobcat to try to rip out some tree stumps and create a level area for the footing. It was pretty useless, it had rained the entire week before and everything was too muddy to do anything.

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