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Posted by Lars in Granbury, TX on 8/15/2009

When laying the footing for the side wall, I discovered a big limestone slab. So, the footing just anchored on it. Later, I discovered that the top of the slab encroached the future house foundation. So, using a hammer drill, my son and I drilled 26 holes (each 1" diameter x 12" deep) at 9" on center, and filled them with Dexpan, an expanding chemical that cracks the rock. It worked amazingly well, and thinking the slab was 18" thick, I expected it to cleave the slab.

Then, I hired Randall Scott of Scott Construction, because they have a jackhammer that mounts on the end of their backhoe arm. They started bustin' away, but sadly, we never found the bottom of the slab, because it was really a boulder! He was able to chip away 24" deep, which was enough to cast a grade beam. I guess my crack helped a little.

This land is tough to build on. At other places we pulled out slabs the size of grand pianos. I plan on drilling deep piers, so I wanted to get most of them out of the way.  Some say the drillers will cut right through the rock, but I have my doubts!

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Son Alex shaking his whole body with the hammer drill.
Deep jackhammerin'



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