Originally Posted by Clarkscape
DVS, On 2010 job what did you use for your footing...Compacted base material or concrete footing/slab tied into foundation wall?
This was on a compacted base. What should have been done is we should have excavated down 10 feet and started from scratch. Sounds so simple and straight forward doesn't it? A no brainer. Well, this was a high dollar project. But that high dollar amount was all there was. Excavating the over-dig, backfilling, and compacting doesnt happen at the snap of a finger, that is if you do it 110 percent correctly.
Then we have water drainage issues. (in terms of future projects we havent met yet)
Gutter issues on the house. (in terms of future projects we havent met yet)
Mature deciduous trees that over hang the dwelling's gutters (in terms of future projects we havent met yet)
We're starting to get busy again, my 2 week winter break is about up. But I'm hoping to write a long report about what I've learned, what to look for in the future, and all that jazz.
Its gonna be hard to sell a job to someone that wants/needs 5 step risers and all the other contractors aren't even blinking an eye. But you know what? Thats why I my company has another division of service that is profitable and doing very well! Helen Home Owner doesnt wanna go with me because I wont warranyty 12,000# of steps - no biggie, my trucks still leave every morning.
3 pallets of block. 5 tons of gravel. Plus a pallet of caps. Grand steps. Too much weight even if on a slab, it'll pull the slab off the foundation wall and maybe even put pressure on the foundation.