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Posted by Bill in Waynesville, NC on 4/28/2010

Digging the footer trenches was an all-day affair. Just moving the trackhoe around without destroying what was just dug was a feat all by itself.

We are using Superior Walls: a factory-built engineered-wall system. These walls do not require a concrete footer. Rather, we are using a modern version of a rubble foundation. Rubble foundations have been around all over the world for centuries. Frank Lloyd Wright has been credited with extensively using this foundation type in many of his now-famous homes. Essentially, the trenches are filled with clean 1/2" gravel compacted in 8" lifts. The house will essentially sit on top of a giant French drain. Now that will keep water away from the house!

Specs call for no trenches on the earth side and 18" on the daylight side (frost line here) with 8" above virgin soil. I wanted a measure of security, so as you can see, we dug a 12" trench even on the earth side. Some of the daylight side was fill, so you can see in the pictures that one part of the garage foundation is about 4' deep.

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Deepest footer trench down to virgin soil.
One friend saw this photo and wanted to know if we found INCA ruins.
The trees I had saved for firewood are getting in the way since spreading so much more dirt.
We had to find a new location for my firewood.
That's it for today!



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