FYI They can use expanding anchors or epoxied rebar to tie in the foundation in most jurisdictions in the normal parts of this country. So they can probably cut the foundation into compliance height wise with the goofy band saw looking tool and use expanding anchors or epoxied rebar to tie it to the row of block above grade specified in the contract. They can also use a conventional concrete saw using vertical cuts and a sledge hammer to achieve the same result. The cold pour on part of the foundation may, or may not, be up to you to prove is salvageable using core samples since you are the general contractor. Otherwise, the cold pour section only, can be removed and re-poured by drilling and and tying in rebar every foot or so. The law is the law and code is the code. Anything that can be brought into compliance is compliant. It don't have to look pretty! Not trying to be a jerk, thats the reality of the situation from 3+ decades of first hand experience.
I can't emphasize enough, despite the banter on this site, if it's legal, it's legal. I don't see your current foundation being removed completely but brought into compliance.
I think you should focus your attention on getting what you have compliant and moving on. Not getting even with the evil ba$tards!
I think you are correct. Some of the problems with this footing could be repaired, and brought into compliance with code. Not likely to happen in 12 days, with one person on the job site, who works from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day.
I do believe the second pour will be what fails code. That is the death nail. In this climate water WILL get between the 2 pours, and the freeze thaw cycle WILL destroy this foundation in no time.
I also do not believe they are going to spend the money it will take to bring the footing into compliance with the building code.
If they did not have the knowledge, or ability to make a footing correct in the first place. Then I seriously doubt they can repair the problems.
I really doubt these folk's will be around in a few weeks. They keep asking me for more money, or threatening to walk off the job after the foundation passes inspection.
Would YOU build on this foundation?
If they do pass the inspection. They still have a pad, and driveway area to pour. They are way over budget and refuse to do the RIGHT THING, that is FINISH the job correctly, completely, and at the price they originally quoted.
We should start a poll. Who thinks they will pass the inspection, and who thinks they will not pass the inspection.
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