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Posted by Grant from Dallas on June 23rd, 1998 11:37 AM
In reply to re-foundation by brAin on June 13th, 1998 12:52 AM [Go to top of thread]

Another suggestion here. I have built with Habitat
for Humanity for years and we usually do our own
foundations. In Austin TX, we did pier and beam
and an occasional concrete slab. This is a fabulous
way to understand how a foundation is built. Construction
is a highly visual craft and seeing it for one hour
is worth about 10 hours of reading. Call your local habitat
and work with them on the weekends that they are pouring forms
for a pier and beam or pouring a slab. They are much better
at educating you then a contractor because that is
what they do (teach you to build homes). A contractor
generally knows what he knows but usually is strained
to teach a novice what he does and more importantly,
why he does it.

As for types of foundations, the contractors in
your area will generally be only familia with one type of
foundation and will only build that type.
(concrete slab in the southern climates and pier
and beam in the northern climates all though this can vary)

The main thing you want to find out with any contractor is
WHO is going to supervise and what does he/she
look for in the work. Concrete work is
not rocket science, but there are some important things
they need to watch.

Slump of the mix
leveling piers and forms before pouring
Re-Bar cages (How well tied etc.)

and many others.

Anyway, Have Fun.

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