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Old 09-06-2014, 01:22 AM
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Adding to the shop

I have finally talked my wife into adding onto the shop.
We finally decided on 45 x 96 with 18 foot side walls.
Since I am adding to my existing shop, I have to build up one side of the foundation. So far the footer has been dug, rebar installed, concrete poured, and the block is being laid.

Here are some pictures so far



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Old 09-06-2014, 01:23 AM
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:02 AM
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THATS the footer for the foundation for an 18' wall?

You guys own string out there?
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:03 AM
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No it is a pole barn. The retaining wall is 5 feet



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Old 09-06-2014, 11:56 PM
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No frost problems there with a shallow footer?
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:47 PM
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Nice keep us posted on your build.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:46 PM
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Did you run a string or something to check for straightness? It looks a bit curvy in the photo. Is it level or intended to be level? I don't know much about building retaining walls.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:39 PM
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I'm no construction worker, but from what I know the Footer is below ground. Once the wall is up and the fill has been returned to the proper elevation, I am sure you will all feel silly.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:14 PM
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The bottom of the footer is 15 inches deep. The pictures are bad. Once the walls are up, it will get another 20 inches of topsoil and gravel.

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There was a stringline used. The block are 12 inches wide and the footer is 24 inches wide. There is plenty of room for the block.

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Old 09-08-2014, 09:18 PM
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The last picture is the top of the wall. There are L shaped blocks that are used to form the floor concrete


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Old 09-08-2014, 10:40 PM
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Looking good! It makes sense now. When I see a footer poured for a block wall, it is usually three feet in the ground, which yours will be when you're done. I thought maybe you where far enough south that you didn't worry about frost heaving your foundation. Keep us posted.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:04 AM
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Looks good! So is this section of the building being stick framed on top of the block wall? You said pole building above, but I'm not sure how that works with a footer/foundation.

I'm definitely jealous of the size. My shop is about 1/3 that size.

When both of my shops were built, the sides of the footer were a little wavy. No big deal as long as it's wide enough the block are sitting completely on it and the top is reasonably flat.
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:32 AM
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The concrete is going to be 6 and 8 inches thick depending on the location. I am copying some post mounts that will bolt to the concrete and the wall. Then the 6 x 6 post will bolt to these.

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Ahh...like said above...makes sense now. Looks good.

I've done block work, I like it, But my machinist OCD wont let me make anything not straight!

Do you run a business out of the building?
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That looks great! Are you doing this all yourself or are you working with a crew? Does the cinder block get filled with concrete?
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:59 PM
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Bandit - I talked my neighbor into doing the block work. He has been a mason for 30 years.

Right now every 32 inches has 5/8 inch rebar from the footer to the top, and filled solid. Every two corses of block has a ladder type rebar mat installed.
When the concrete is installed for the floor, it will fill the remaining block voids.

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Old 09-12-2014, 04:09 PM
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The retaining wall is finished. Now time for 350 ish tons of waste rock.






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Old 09-12-2014, 07:53 PM
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Wall looks good, you can tell it was done by someone with experience, joints in the first pic look really clean.

Warning: remove dog before backfilling!
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:22 PM
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The next step is to add drain tile to the inside corner of the block and footer, cover with 57 rock. My uncle who does nothing but concrete told me to add 1inch rigid foam board to the inside block walls.

Any other suggestions. ? I don't have any plans , just kinda winging it.

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