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By Paula in Fredericksburg, VA on 8/30/2006


Hi

My soil test results came back this week and the engineer indicated that they hit gravel about 22" down.  I haven't found anything in my reading about hitting gravel.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  Is this something to be concerned about?

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By Jon in Ellicott City, MD on 8/30/2006


Paula,

  Your soils report should tell you what you need to know.  In particular, what did he give you as a soil bearing capacity?  It should be pretty high. 

  In general, you're hoping for soil that drains well and can support a lot of weight.  Obviously, gravel will drain very well.  It's also rated pretty high for bearing capacity. 

  Of all the possible sub-soil conditions, gravel is about the best you can get.  Count your blessings!!! 

Soil Bearing Capacities 

Class of Materials

Load-Bearing Pressure
(pounds per square foot)

Crystalline bedrock 12,000
Sedimentary rock         6,000
Sandy gravel or gravel   5,000

Sand, silty sand, clayey sand, silty gravel, and clayey gravel

3,000

Clay, sandy clay, silty clay, and clayey silt

2,000

Source: Table 401.4.1; CABO One- and Two- Family Dwelling Code; 1995. 

 

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By Paula in Fredericksburg, VA on 8/30/2006


Thanks, Jon.  That was pretty good information.  But my concern is the gravel was found 22" down and my footers need to be 48".  Is gravel difficult to excavate?  I assumed it wasn't but again,  I haven't been able to find anything about this and someone mentioned to me about blasting.  That sounded crazy.  I know blasting is used for solid rock but gravel?
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By Jon in Ellicott City, MD on 8/31/2006


Who mentioned blasting?!?!? 

Unless your "gravel" has individual pieces the size of a car, it should be easily excavated. 


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