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Old 10-04-2013, 01:47 AM   #81
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #82
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Digging starting today!
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #83
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #84
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Know anyone that does stump grinding? $2,500 was for the big one. $600 for the other 5

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can you rent a grinding machine to do yourself ?

we tried chemicals on a stump in our front yard when i was a kid but it too forever to rot away. maybe they have gotten better.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:23 PM   #85
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:41 PM   #86
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Cool. My house is just in the final stages..closing at the end of the month. It was fun to watch it be built from the ground up but now I just want to move in.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:50 AM   #87
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Forgot about updating this thread. I'm not exactly sure how to do it efficiently with text then a picture, text then a picture, so I'm just going to update this with a bunch of posts in a row.

For the first step of our excavation we had to get the connections to the city water and sewer done. Since the lot was vacant and the neighboring houses were built a long time ago, there was no leads from the pipes onto the property, so we had to cut into the road and do the connections ourselves.

This picture is taken from the middle of the street looking into our lot.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #88
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Because of some poor soil and drainage issues we wanted to do it right the first time and make sure we weren't fighting with water issues for years to come, so the grading plan slopes to 2 different spots on the property. Near the back of the lot there is a 2 foot diameter catch basin that the rear part of the lot drains to. From that there is a 6 inch diameter pipe that flows to the front of the property and drains into the 4 foot diameter man hole here that we had installed. The front of the property slopes to this manhole and then this mainhole drains into the city storm sewer.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #89
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This is from the location of the house looking towards the road when they were digging to install the sanitary sewer lead.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #90
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Half of the basement dug. You can see the water seeping in at the bottom. This was a continuous issue for us especially with it snowing and melting quite a few times. You can see how soft the soil is near the edges of the hole. Normally it would be close to straight up and down but the walls caving in all the time it was more like a 45 - 60 degree angle.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:01 PM   #91
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Because of the soft soil issues a lot of the homes in the neighborhood have started to sink over time (built in the 50s). To remedy this a lot of them had to go in after the fact and install piers. Since it is much easier to do this at the outset we decided to do it the right way and do it right from the beginning.

A total of 33 piers were installed under the house foundation and another 10 will be going under the garage footings. These come in 7 foot sections and each one had 4 sections total going down 28 feet or so under the bottom of the footings (so close to 40 feet below surface level).
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This was the guys installing the piers. Its a small excavator machine with a rotary bit on the end of it. One guy holds the pier upright while the other guys drills it in watching the entire time on a pressure gauge to see when it has reached sufficient pressure to bear the necessary load.
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Getting ready for footings. This looked like some miserable work. You can see the piers going down the middle of the trench. They put caps on the top of each one which go in the middle of the footings right below a layer of rebar.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:07 PM   #94
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Footings in with the forms for the basement walls going in. We have a super deep basement going in (11ft finished walls) so you can see the top layer of forms put on near the top right of the picture. This thing is DEEP!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #95
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Nice basement. All these "little" extras will come to be much appreciated in the long run. Better to do it all now
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All poured with most of the forms still on. They were starting to take some of them off on the inside when I was out there taking pics.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:18 PM   #97
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Different angle of them taking the forms off. You can really get an idea of the depth when you look at the guy on the upper right against the wall.
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Here's as of yesterday. Waterproofing was all done on the outside of the walls and they were starting to work on drain tiles. That should be done today. Now have to wait another week or so for the wall to cure then they can backfill and get started on laying the steel and starting to do the framing.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #99
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:26 PM   #100
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Looking good man. I give credit to these guys that work outside in this weather.
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