Posted by: David | May 30, 2007

The Footing

So the footing for the garage slab was formed and poured and the Caterpillar 315BL hydraulic excavator loaded and hauled away before 12:30 pm today. I’m not sure how long this all has to cure before they come back with the forms for the frost walls which will define the edges of the 24′ x 24′ garage. And the entry room adjoining to the existing back door.

Quite a bit of water collecting at the lower part of the hole …

The little pieces of rebar sticking up every few feet will be inside the poured frost walls, which will poke up a bit above the grade and hold in the slab that will be the garage floor. The garage floor will be 2 inches lower at the front of the garage than at the back.

The front of the footing, where the garage doors will be.

I bet that the excavator will be back before too long. And I am off from work for a while so I’ll get to watch and maybe help. After the foundation slab is complete, the siding will have to be stripped off and some firecode-required 5/8″ sheetrock needs to be applied to the sheathing of the house where the garage mates up to it. And it will have to be taped and jointed before the garage can begin.





    No laughs?

    ha ha?



    Bah. Tough Crowd.

  2. I see. I once read some German architects on the Google groups talking about how building had become just another service industry. There are by now one too many laws and plans and checks and insurance companies that need to see papers.

    Strange. I had an uncle who was a big constructor. Some years ago he built a little drive way in front of a local factory. It was, let’s say, the size of 10 parked cars. I do not remember the exact cost, except that it would pay a builder’s salary for about 30 years, but it would never take a man thirty years to build that drive way. It would take him at most one year!

    In other words, the machines and the paper work increased the cost of the thing by 3000% ?


    Yes, and so it was done, each time the town building inspector came to look, he said “Hmmph. OK.”.

    On your uncle’s little drive way project … where could we ever find the one man to take the one year to do it with the shovel and pickaxe? In the city, if you intend to put a stone on top of another stone, you must pay the fee for such things. Things must be done a certain way. Sela!

  3. (whispering:) What does “sela” mean? (I suspect something. Something really awful )

    I do not think the problem is in finding the man to do it in a year. I think it would be highly unconventional. That little driveway was in front of a new prestigious Schindler factory; they make lifts. They can’t be seen hiring a man with a shovel to work all year in front of their gate.

    So it is basically a fashion. How much are people willing to pay to be able to live in style? Infinitely much. But a company even more.

    Yeah that was a joke about the guy and the shovel. Machines do all our work now. It is more than a fashion. It is the totally engulfing mode of modern reality, you’re right, it’s cost is infinite, almost. Earth is not infinite.

    Oops, I spelled “sela” wrong. It is “selah” and it’s from the bible. Apparently there is some debate as to how it’s translated.[link] I use it as a mildly positive exclamation somewhere between AMEN and WOW!

  4. I think Wikipedia is a better place for word meanings. I had simply suspected that you were trying to write something in French. —

    “It is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like “stop and listen”. Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm. The Amplified Bible translates selah as “pause, and think of that”. It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.


    Thank you. You’ve illuminated that very nicely. 🙂

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