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Digging foundation trench thru ledge, aarrgghhh.

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Posted by petetherookie on December 11, 2012 at 04:38:41 from (

It is going to be a miracle if i ever get this garage built. After going thru a few contractors who have done nothing but waste my time, there references dont pan out, or they start with a estimates that left me open to wide price overages, i have resorted to running the project myself.
So i have the plans, materials list all done.
Foundation is only grey area. Up here code requires 4ft frost walls and i require foundation and floor that will handle pulling the 4500tlb in with hoe off but loader on. about 8k lbs, round up to 5tons to be safe.
Dug a couple of test holes around trench outline to test for ledge we knew was there. 1st hole, got about 3ft down and hit clean, smooth ledge. Ok, easy to pin to.
On other side, loaction has one high side and the paralell side is about 3 ft lower, 2 perpendicular sides. One runs down on a steady slope, other drops off abruptly.
Hit ledge at surface and about 1 ft down on low side.
So i get to digging high side.
Ugh, erratic, all over the place jagged ledge. Hit it with hoe, some sqaure blocks of granite come up but alot does not move.
Going to have to power wash and hand dig dirt out so i can see what i can drill and spilt out.


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