Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Move It

Wow! was it the title to that last post or what?! My hits were through the roof yesterday! Maybe it was my new profile photo? Haha! I don't think so. I think it was due to a new link to this blog. Anyway, I have gotten a fair amount done these past couple of days. They finally picked up the machine yesterday so I don't have that as a distraction anymore. I did use it all I could yesterday though to get a few last minute projects done. I kinda got these photos out of order but I'm not going to try to fix it. I had used the machine to rake the dirt back from the footing on the house and then had to clean it by hand, down to the concrete. This wonderful weather lately has allowed it to dry well and today I put the coat of waterproofing on. And I know some of you may be thinking; oooh, that looks like some kind of nasty petroleum based stuff and you would be right. I hate to use such but there really is not a better product for this situation. Now, once the stuff dries it will become inert and not be absorbed into the soil or anything, plus I am going to put a layer of peel and stick rubber membrane over this, further sealing it from the soil.
Now, a lot of people will tell you that you don't need to use this and that white paint on stuff works fine etc, and there are a lot of people out there with leaky basements too. In all of my experience with construction, and we bury a lot of concrete, this method is the only one that truly works over the long term. And I assure you, I don't want to be digging this footing out again when I'm seventy. It may seem like overkill to some but you do it right the first time, you know. 'Course, if I had really had a brain I would have put a keyway in the footing and inserted the bentonite coils where the wall joins the footing. But I didn't think of that back then.
Now, not much water will actually seep through solid concrete but you would be surprised how much can go through that crack between the wall and footing and through the snap tie holes. If you have concrete block that you are backfilling against you REALLY need good waterproofing. Water seeps right through that stuff. Here I have cleaned the footing and wall as best I could to assure a good seal. I've got to do a little layout and figuring tomorrow to know exactly how far up the wall it will be backfilled. I believe code requires that you stay at least 8 inches down from the bottom of your siding. Then you have to figure the ground sloping away from the house for good drainage.
After I get all of the membrane applied, I will install a French drain down at the footing level and backfill a couple of feet with stone and then cover that with dirt.
I also dug a deep trench for the permanent power line to come into the house. It is deep enough that I can go over it with the footing, without fear of hitting it, if I ever get around to building the other half of the house. And I know you are probably thinking, well, why wasn't this already done? Well, I thought the other half would have started by now and I wanted to place the meter on that side but things change so I'm going to go ahead run permanent as if this is all that there will be. If I do get to build more it won't be much trouble to move the meter if I want to but it won't be mandatory. I got pretty good with that excavator, huh? Pretty darn straight diggin! Dale would be proud of me! I hope to get the conduit in for the line soon and can go ahead and cover this up and pull the wire at my leisure.
This is the biggest of the trees that were cut. I used the excavator to carry the logs out to where I am storing firewood. I can cut it up later. I've still got to clean up some limbs and such.
I also painted some more on the north side of the house and am close to being ready to move the scaffolding down to the other half and be done with that side! Yea!!!! Hopefully, the rain will hold off for another couple of days.

*Cliff Richards


Richard said...

WOW...Take away your riding toy and you really turn and burn. I agree with how you're doing the foundation walls. You can't overdo that.

HermitJim said...

Boy...looks like you have indeed been busy! The place is really looking good!

I'm getting a lot of good information for future use!

edifice rex said...

Hey Richard! haha! I miss my riding toy! it was so fun!
yeah, waterproofing is really something you can't overdo.

Hey Hermit! thanks! yes, you just bought some acreage, right? and will be building a house. I hope you find some good info here and if you have any questions just hollar!

Floridacracker said...

Well ... it could easily be that new photo, but it's probably just a really good blog getting noticed by more and more people.

You accomplished a huge amount of work while that excavator was there.

I don't think of petroleum as nasty ... more as a wonder chemical that is too precious to keep burning. You can make almost anything out of it ...including waterproofing goo that actually works.
Congrats on all your progress and your new photo.

edifice rex said...

Hey FC! Well, thanks you sweetie!
yeah, that excavator saved the day! I am very fortunate to be able to borrow that equipment.

Beau said...

I love that you're taking the time to do it so well... I never knew folks sealed their foundations this way, but always wondered why not. In the midwest most folks just leave it exposed these days. I had to have a foundation crack epoxy sealed once, but that was probably poor concrete in the first place.

edifice rex said...

Hey Beau! Well, an ounce of prevention...you know!
Plus, this house is probably all I'll ever have, so I got to do it right.
Unexpected settling of the earth can also cause cracking in the concrete. Sometimes it just doesn't get compacted well enough.