Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Just outside Detroit
I have to figure out how to post pic's again.
I just checked the cement and it is setting up hard. It looks like it has a good amount of stone aggregate. Man, it is in there deep, over 5 feet deep. It is ugly, but it doesn't have to be smooth and pretty.
Since this is the 3rd time the area has been disturbed it obviously looks like a bomb went off in the back yard. The original trench, then the tear out, and now this. The sides of the trenches were not stable. So the trench had to be wider and the footer is wide in some areas. That is o.k. though, it does not have to be pretty. It has to meet or exceed building code. It is 120% up to code. All it has to be is a flat and level surface to build a cement block wall upon.
Another reason to install the vertical rebar later. Is because the trench walls are unstable and will most likely collapse in more. Water will get in the trench. It won't hurt the footing. It will be a lot easier to dig out any collapsed dirt, and pump out any water without rebar sticking up and in the way.
The city inspected the heck out of it. I have been told everything is good with the inspector it has passed this first stage.
Once they did dig down to virgin ground. The ground was tested and rated at over 3500 psi. This is far better than needed, and was beyond what everyone expected.
The new contractor will be using a lot more block, and used a lot more concrete because the first contractor did such a bad job.
The new contractor is now going to charge the idiots even more money. LOL.
They will be back on Tuesday to start building the walls.
Last edited by 1969sag; 05-31-2019 at 09:19 PM.