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The builder is letting us do our own grading to save us some money.
Below are the pictures of how the grading is progressing. Click on the
images to see them larger.
Before Ground Breaking (Day 0)
Primary Destruction 12/29/03 (Day 3)
By this point, we had taken out the well covers, the
back patio, and part of the sidewalk. We laid down the new well pipes and
capped them up to keep them clean until we can hook them up later.
Rough Grading 12/30/03 (Day 4)
We began grading on day 3, and it rained overnight,
making a very soupy mess. On day 4, you can now sort of see how the pad will
Grade Starts to Take Shape 01/01/04 (Day 6)
The grade begins to take shape and the preliminary
footers have been dug out.
Grading Grading Grading... 01/03/04 (Day 8)
Now you can really see the pad and how it is taking
Rough Grading 01/06/04 (Day 11)
Murphy strikes! At this point, the plastic, wire, and
rebar were in place and we were ready to pour concrete. The pad was formed to
Gwinnett County code. However, the inspector who came out was smarter than the
people who wrote the code (Ahem). He decided Gwinnett County code wasn't
actually sufficient for building a monolythic slab in compacted clay. Making
the long story short, much of our footer is now 24" inches deep, with many
places having been changed to 36" deep! If you think that is ridiculous, you
are correct. While the crew was digging the footers out deeper, we had a lot of
rain which further impeded the progress of the project. We didn't take any more
pictures because from the camera's point of view, nothing changed.
Concrete 01/14/04 (Day 19)
The weather was perfect for pouring the concrete. We
had a very high quality crew doing the work. I actually sold my first (1964
half ton Chevy) pickup truck to the concrete subcontractor about three years
ago. The first batch of concrete came in one of those "backwards" concrete
trucks so that it would reach back far enough and not get stuck in the mud. Now
that it is finished, we have to let it sit for a few days to cure, and then we
start the framing!