Woodshop/Garage Build #3: Phase 3: block wall

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Blog entry by BMichs75 posted 05-10-2015 02:09 AM 2500 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Phase 2: Excavating lot and footer prep Part 3 of Woodshop/Garage Build series Part 4: Phase 4: Concrete Pad »

So I have been busy the last week. Concrete blocks and supplies delivered and blocks laid. Anchor bolts were installed by myself as I wanted them poured down to the footers for excellent strength. Foundation waterproofing rolled on a few days back. Started tile gravel backfill today in 87 degree weather with a shovel and wheel barrow (11 of the 20 tons). Need another 70 tons of backfill in the center and around the exterior. Concrete pad to be poured in 6 days and I still have all the backfilling yet to finish, tear out part of the driveway, and form up the driveway. Not to mention install plumbing for drains and rebar installation. All of that after work. Please cross your fingers for me as I ned some good vibes to finish on time.
Next will be the concrete pad.

-- Brandon

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 10:52 AM

You can dooooo it! Just out of curiosity, how much have you budgeted for a 30×50 shop.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 12:02 PM

Looking good. And you might want to look into renting a dingo. Should make faster work of the back fill and pretty easy on the surrounding landscape.

-- --Zach

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 01:20 PM

TP, I thought about renting one, but I will be borrowing a full size skid steer this week to fill in the other 60+ tons of backfill. My body will appreciate that more than shoveling and wheeling it around myself.

Scott, as I am acting as the GC and completing a lot of the work myself, I am budgeting 19-20k to have the building up and fully finished including installation, new 200 amp service, heating and AC, water, etc. I have some help from my old boss and dear friend for the frame construction and I am hiring the concrete pad work to be poured/finished/cut. Concrete is the only thing I am uncomfortable with.

-- Brandon

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 10:34 PM

Oh yea! New construction is always fun.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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