House footing forms day 3

We spent the first few hours of the morning recovering from the rain storm. The clay does us no favors–it doesn’t drain and it turns into very slippery mud. A drainage ditch was dug to drain some standing water, dirt was put in low spots, wood chips were put on top. The garage pit had 6-7″ of standing water in it. Luckily Thom had a sump pump handy. It took about an hour to extract the water. Fortunately dry air and a good breeze helped dry things out. The day turned out great. We got our rebar, wire ties, and metal mesh dropped off in the morning ($715). Adam, John S., Thom and I finished up the form work for the house footings.

Site remediation after the rain

Site remediation after the rain

Water in the garage pit

Water in the garage pit

Thom making a sucking sound as he lowers in the pump

Thom making a sucking sound as he lowers in the pump

The dragon flys were enjoying the standing water

The dragon flys were enjoying the standing water

Four of us working

THe four of us made quick work of finishing the form work for the house footing.

Thom cutting rebar with an angle grinder

Thom cutting rebar with an angle grinder.

Adam putting in set-screws for the vertical rebar while I tie the horizontal rebar together.

Adam putting in set-screws for the vertical rebar while I tie the horizontal rebar together.

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