Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop #3: Pouring Foundation Walls, Backfilling Walls, Red Barn

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 09-06-2013 05:43 PM 4602 reads 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Clearing Site and Preparing Foundation for Pouring Part 3 of Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop series Part 4: Pouring Floor »

The pouring of the walls went well. There was ample steel rebar in the footings and the walls were poured with rebar in them . These will be bent over into the floor so the concrete in the floor will be tied into the concrete in the walls. It is difficult to see the rebar sticking out of the walls but it can be seen if you look carefully. The concrete in the footings was given ample time to cure before the pouring of the walls. The concrete in the walls was given ample time to cure before the forms were removed.

The picture above shows a view of the walls after the forms have been removed.

The picture above and the two pictures below show three more views of the poured walls.

The front opening has been left on purpose in order to back fill the walls without damaging the walls. After the backfill has been put in this will be formed up and poured as well. Otherwise the footing would be damaged.

The backfill dirt was put down in layers and carefully packed down with a dirt tamper. Then a layer of gravel was placed on the top and leveled with the walls.

The picture above shows a vew of the walls after the backfull dirt and gravel has been placed inside the interior of the foundation walls and leveled with the top of the walls.

The picture above and the two below are three more views of the walls after all has been prepared for the pouring of the floor. The pipe for electrical power has been placed deep enough below the gravel to protect it against damage during the pouring of the floor.

It is very difficult to see the rebar and the pipe in these pictures. Additional rebar will be placed in the floor and tied into the rebar that in the walls.

The picture above is a view of the inside of the red barn as seen looking toward the back wall. I will be able to have a lot of room for storage inside this barn. The size is about 15’ X 24’.

The picture above is a view of the front of the barn.

The picture above is another view of the inside of the barn.

The last picture above is a view of the front of the shop as seen through the 6ft door on the side of the barn. I will have easy access between the barn and the shop as well as to the house. The next main step will be the pouring of the floor. Thanks for reading my blog.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 05:47 PM

Beautiful country and great job on the shop.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 06:03 PM

Looking Good!!

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 06:05 PM

its coming together really well charles, i really like the barn, its going to be great for your needs, this must be really exciting, im glad to see it coming together, enjoy the journey, what will be the first project from the new shop, maybe you should plan on something , like a nice piece of furniture, you can always look at it knowing it was your first project from the new shop…thanks for sharing all of this with us

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 06:43 PM

what great progress charles

in the first pics
i thought it is a shame you needed a shop
that footer would make a nice pool
and stocked with fish
you could have another place to relax

so glad you are able to keep moving along
waiting for the dream to materialize here
on my own shop
drives me nuts at times

keep ‘em coming

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 06:53 PM

If I were doing a shop from scratch I would seriously consider putting some of my dust collection in the slab as well as electricity.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 06:57 PM

Looks like you are gonna have a great setup

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 06:58 PM

Nice progress. And that little red barn is pretty neat in and of itself!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 07:01 PM

Good progress Charles. It will be exciting to see the walls coming up. Your small barn is really nice too. I could’nt think of a better place to store wood. It could also be a nice workshop. It is quite a bit bigger than mine. Here’s a photo of a bench I’m currently making just to show you how cramped my shop really is and how great your’s will be. It’s kind of like working in a hallway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 07:03 PM

COOL progress!

COOL planning!

I thought the dirt was going to be dug out to provide a small Basement for More storage…
... may have been a little dangerous with the floor not being able to withstand the weight…

Hey David, don’t you wish you could make this kind of progress?!
... we wait with baited breath to see more…

What a COOL place this is going to be!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 07:20 PM

The shop is shaping up nicely, Charles…You’re moving right along with the progress…It’s always exciting to see your shop taking form…..Lots of room….lots of storage…..Do you need me to come down and help you set it up….? Just joking, of course…..I know you have your own aggenda….....Keep on keeping on….I’ll be watching….............

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 08:36 PM

Charles…That is going to be one really nice shop when it is finished. I know the excitement you must be feeling with each and every step of it being completed.
I started building my barn shop in November of 2007 and I will always remember the excitement and thrill of going out there every day and enjoying the progress and visualizing the day I would crank up the table saw inside it.

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 08:36 PM

Your barn is still bigger than my shop by about 40 square feet. Now I have shop envy…

It’s going to be a nice shop!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 08:51 PM

I know you must just be busting with anticipation to “start” this baby up. Everything is looking great! One thing is for sure… are gonna have a stable base/foundation, for sure!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 09:20 PM

Lookin real. Hope you have a roof before the snow flies.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 09-06-2013 09:25 PM

idon’t know how far along you are but i would put air dust colection and electric to the center of the floor

-- rf58, Illinois

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