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Old 10-20-2005, 12:49 AM
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Ok, by request, I will start this thread a little earlier than I was ready to.

Here is the project outline....a 24' x 35' addition to my existing shop. This is phase one of a two phase project. Phase two will be adding another 21' x 35' to the first phase...total = 45'x 35' shop.

First action was to clear out the jungle back there and clean up my bone pile. Found all kinds of good steel there...even started using it up again, too. I am kicking myself for not taking any before pics...but I just dove in and started doing things and was done when I realized...oops.

The area for the slab is a fair drop off. It will make the slab over 5' high...I hate tall slabs. ( have I said that yet?) To keep from having the tall beams in the slab, I am going to place the slab on piers to rock and compact a base pad to the bottom of the beams. This is what I will set the slab itself on. This design will save me about $1000 in concrete. Plus, it lowers the slab beams by three feet. Cool. I need to extend my truck parking pad as well. I will do this first so I can bring the base up to it. It should be easier that way.

The pics I have so far are of the cleared area, the truck pad area, the batter boards and I believe that is it. I just haven't gotten too far yet. I have money coming in at the moment, so something will happen soon I hope.
FWIW, the batter boards are at 5'3" in the pic. The other ones aren't set yet. I will fill that area in first, then set them. They will be aroung 5'6" high.
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:19 AM
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Good to see you get started. Looks like lots of shovels to fill that slab. Congratulations on the beginning!

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Old 10-20-2005, 09:45 AM
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Don,
Make sure you talk real slow and take lots of pics for us guys that don't play with concrete.
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Old 10-20-2005, 05:51 PM
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Thanks, Rick. I actually did all that work several weeks ago...just didn't say anything. Lately, I have been too busy to do any more.

David
Ok....I figgered most would care less, but if you want it, you got it. Slow is the only way I can go at the moment. Paying out of pocket will do that to you...esp when your pockets have holes!
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Don, looks like somebody threw a handfull of "shop seeds" in your yard too. great start. maybe we need another department here at SFT...HOLE'y pockets, batman! CSOB's of the world unite... RED
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Ok....I figgered most would care less, but if you want it, you got it. Slow is the only way I can go at the moment. Paying out of pocket will do that to you...esp when your pockets have holes!
Well, I care! And the really nice thing about paying "out of pocket" is that when you're done, it's YOURS!!

We will all enjoy your project, Don.
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Plus nobody can say, " we can't loan you the money because your shop is bigger
then your house" WTF? Somebody needs to take straighten that boy out!!!
Sometimes that Texas way of hooking up chains to people has merit.

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Plus nobody can say, " we can't loan you the money because your shop is bigger
then your house" WTF? Somebody needs to take staighten that boy out!!!
Sometimes that Texas way of hooking up chains to people has merit.
LOLOLOL I like the way you think, Scott. May get me in trouble though....but what a ride!

Madam...it will stay mine as long as I continue to pay the tax man.

Red.....can we get discounts if we unite??
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Had some action on the shop pad last couple of days. Since my pad will be high, to keep the base in place and also to keep from having to use about 30 tons more, I am building a rock wall around the area. Nothing fancy, just dry stacking some BFR's ( sorry, technical term for big freaking rock ) around the perimeter to stop the base. I've been hauling them home awhile, now I finally get to use them. Looks like I need a lot more.

I also had to move the batter boards back. That sucked, but was necessary. I get to re-square it tomorrow...oh boy. The new batter boards have an orange board for reference on pad height. That is how high the compacted base will be. The top board is slab height.

Part of the truck pad was done as well. It won't get finished until the slab is poured. I don't know how far my fill will go, so I will be stingy with it until the slab is ready. I can always get more...that is never a problem. I just don't want toomuch.
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A couple more. If you see the red "X's" on the ground, they are the actual corners of the slab. Also, to give you a perspective as to size, the end batter boards, are set on 8' vertical 2x4's. I hate tall slabs.


Tomorrow, I will shoot the square with Junior, my transit. I named him Junior 'cuz I figure, if I am gonna spend that much money on something, it just as well be named like it was a kid or something. FWIW, a kid may have been cheaper. After the square is established, the piers will be laid out and dug to rock. That will take a few minutes..literally. The rock is about two to three inches down. After that, bag the piers. I have opted for bags this time over sonotube forms. I'm thinking it will be easier since I can run over them and compact as I go and won't have any stakes and braces to compact by hand. I will find out quickly. I have almost 50 tons of base on hand. I figure it will take 150 total for the pad.
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