Residential Shop Build

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  1. bggrnchvy

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    We got rough grade on the driveway and the side walkway/apron against the house. Aimed to keep it pretty tight to make life easier this weekend when I'm spreading and packing in 3/4 minus for base. The side sucked, because with the AC condenser and ground rods it was mostly dug by hand. Picking black clay sucks. Oh, and under the concrete that was a sidewalk of sorts on the right of the house form the street what did we find? Another layer of broken bricks under the whole thing. I piled them on the trailer for the moment.

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    Had to bring my buddies dump trailer back, but I'm too cheap to pay for trucking on the ~9-10 yards of base, so I have another 14k dump trailer reserved along with a 200lb vibroplate for the weekend. Hoping to be ready for forming/steel/pump/place/finish by the end of the weekend.
     
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    This weekend was rough. It was over 100 Sat and Sun (they say it was 108 on Sun), but I rented a plate compactor and a dump trailer so the work just had to get done. Free weekends in the next month are somewhat rare.

    I hauled in 24 tons of base rock between Friday night and Saturday morning. With the excavator, wheel barrows, shovels and a concrete mover we got it all laid down and graded out. Plenty of water and a couple of passes with the plate compactor and it's reasonably firm. I still have to trench for the french drain, which is why the side of the house has two bare spots and little piles next to them.

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    Before doing that I did dig/hammer drill some mini trenches to run hot tub power and water to a hose bib under the new walk way slab.

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    Lastly, Jason's dad had given me the old frame he had his Willys tub sitting on for years. It's way to big for the welding table I'm planning, but the casters are perfect. It got sectioned up and the two long spans (10') of 4x4 .25thk are going to be the posts for the side gate. 4+ feet in the ground, they'll be a part of the house forever I think. I ground off the welds and cleaned it up, in a previous picture you can see my wife got it all painted up.

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    In between summer commitments I've been working on the house in the evenings and a few Sat/Sun.

    Got all the drains in beyond where concrete will be.

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    Doweled the slab.

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    Final grade touchup.

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    Concrete guys came out Monday and set forms and laid out the driveway rebar. Some of it's tied. They're coming out again this weekend to finish the prep, concrete plant is backed up so now mud until next next (7/15) weekend.

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    Place has came a long way since the beginning of this thread!
     
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    going pea gravel or something for the side apron to the side/backyard next to the shop? Looks like the driveway cuts off 10-12' before property line?
     
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    Yea, probably some geotext barrier and 3/4 minus honestly. It's trailer parking behind the garage and a place to wash dirty stuff up front. There's an easement, as that used to be a creek, so there's a pipe underneath they don't want concrete on top of.

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    Worked with the concrete guys a bit the week before last doing final modifications. They poured the Saturday before last, which was interesting as we left Friday night before for a week long camping trip to CO. I didn't see the product in person for almost 9 days.

    They did a really nice job. slopes are consistent, they got the electrical boxes evened out with the grade, flushed to the AC condenser plastic pad and put in all the corner fillets we requested.

    It's really nice to be able to walk around the house on concrete and have the see of hard grey out front instead of rebar and forms.

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    We poured a pad for the hot tub as well. If we ever remove it, it will make a nice little patio area.

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    I'd love to have concrete walk way like that, awesome
     
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    Concrete guys look like they did a nice job. I notice things like that, being a concrete guy myself. Was surprised to see that much rebar in a residential driveway. Maybe a requirement for the seismic conditions in your area?
     
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    It's already awesome. Not having to walk through dirt to get from the back door to the front door is great.

    No, not a seismic requirement. We're on black clay, it expands a lot. Most of the driveways in this neighborhood that have wire mat or little rebar are cracked into small pieces with random upheave. I know this will crack, I just want to put the slab under as much compression as possible and prevent lips at the cracks when it upheaves. I soaked the heck out of the subgrade and the base, to the point it was pooling on the base, for about a week before the pour. Hopefully the clay was as swelled as it ever will be.
     
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    Really looking good man, now you need to come build mine for me :).



    Also, off topic, did Jasons parents ever get his rig completed? What happened with it?
     
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    how deep did you set the forms for the hot tub base?
     
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    Yea, myself, JR, Este, David Witcher and a few others helped Ken and Kenny finish it. They've wheeled it quite a few times, just not much in the last few years. Ken has it still.

    No footing, just a flat pad ~4" thick on 2-3" of compacted rock with #4 bar every 18".
     
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    Who did you have do the concrete, we're designing a new building for some toys across the bridge...
     
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    The guys I had do it do residential stuff on the side. My buddy w/ Build Group turned me onto them. They did my pad for the shop too, class act.
     
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    More weekends, more sweating.

    I graded the backyard and stripped a few inches off the side yard in prep for rock. I had to haul off about 13k lbs of fill.

    With grade pretty close, I needed to trench for the roof drains to the street. Booming construction economy, $350/day for a walk behind trencher, nope. I spent a few hours with some material drops and a worn drill tooth I got form my FIL to make a little ripper attachment for the excavator.

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    It worked ok for the drainage, should work much better for sprinkler lines in the back. It just didn't have the width to cut on the first pass.

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    Drain pipe in.

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    Filled it in, wetted it down, covered it in geotex to keep the gravel from being pushed through the mud. Dumped the first 4 tons of rock on it last night, probably need another 16.

    Also picked up a B09 box for the other side of the drain so I can clean it out if it ever clogs. Have to dig a hole for it on the other side of the drain pipe.

    Working on the gate post too, hoping to drill that hole/wings and get it in the ground in the next few nights.
     
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    I don't know what code is down there, but generally you have to have drain rock around the sewer pipe...at least that's what it is up here. I like the ingenuity though...looking good as usual bud
     
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    It's just glued solid pipe, not perf, I don't think there's any chance it's going to silt up. It's just roof runoff to the street, not a french drain.
     
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    roger that...I don't live in the city...so any drainage I do on my property has to be a French drain style.
     
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    Getting close. Assuming you have a good drainage slope from the garage down to the street in the rocked side area so that drains on it's own?
     

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