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Posted by Brian on 6/13/2007

It's been about a week since I last updated this blog. A lot of things have progressed. 

First, the excavator started digging the cellar hole when he ran across two huge rocks. So we had to bring in a Volvo Hydraulic Ram ($1,000/day) and smash the big stones into little stones. Took about 6 hours last Saturday. Finally after that, both house and detached garage were ready for footings. Footings were poured on Monday, forms for the walls on Tuesday and walls poured today. I am amazed that so far everything is moving along according to the schedule. AND about $5,000 under budget so far. 

Tomorrow they drill the well and apply the dampproofing membrane to the outside of the walls and footings. Our biggest obstacle is going to be having a working septic system by July 1st. One of Vermont's crazy laws allowed landowners to break up their land into 10-acre lots, which allowed the landowner to not have a state certified septic design. Mine will run out on July 1st.

Vermont is kind of different when it comes to inspections. THEY DON'T HAVE ANY. We don't have to have an electrical inspection, plumbing inspections, nothing. The only thing inspected is the septic design. 

Below are the pictures of the new foundation.

Thanks,

Brian

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Where are you building in Vermont? We are hoping to build in Irasburg this time next year. Can you give me any specifics about the septic inspection, as that seems new?

Rich

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We are in Hinesburg. The septic inspection has to be performed by the engineer who designs the system. They pressure-test the system and make sure that it is sealed, for I think two hours.

Now, the rules change for all septic designs after July 1st of this year. All designs have to be approved from the state. I was quoted $4,000 and 6-week wait time from two different engineering firms in Chittenden County.

Hope this helps,

Brian


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