Operation Foundation Part 2

My first day at the newly cleared site was a foul, rainy, windy day. Everything in the truck was soaked and quickly, so were we. It was impressive to be able to actually picture a house in what used to be only forest, but with my hood up and coat zipped to my chin, I didn’t do much looking around. We unloaded supplies, set up the transit level and discussed the plan of action.

From 2010 operation foundation
From 2010 operation foundation
From 2010 operation foundation

The clearing had been taken care of, but the trench the footing form would set in still needed to be dug, so our trusty trackhoe operator appeared after we had set stakes for the permitter. He quickly set to carefully excavating the trench, moving with amazing speed and accuracy.

From 2010 operation foundation

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From 2010 operation foundation

After the major excavation was completed, we started cleaning out the trenches and leveling the ground for the 2x8s that would soon be creating the walls of our footing form. The dirt was extremely rocky and digging in the rain is never fun, so both Simon and I were quickly tired and a little cranky.

From 2010 operation foundation

By the end of the day, we had the trench roughed out for the footing and had enough supplies to start putting it all together.

From 2010 operation foundation

We were also tired, damp and looking towards days and days of more digging, hauling supplies and working in the rain.

From 2010 operation foundation
From 2010 operation foundation
From 2010 operation foundation
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