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Posted by sgt on September 6th, 1999 10:09 PM
In reply to Post Tension Slab, Quality concerns by Rick F on September 2nd, 1999 08:11 PM [Go to top of thread]

In our part of the country (northwest washington) forms are frequently not used for footings. Actually, undisturbed soil on each side of the footing(i.e., the soil works as the form) is preferable because it provides some lateral resistance to movement, such as would be encountered in an earthquake. Forms are used for footings as a means to minimize the amount of concrete utilized. Labor costs usually exceeds concrete costs, and so footings are poured neat against the soil.

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