Monday, April 19, 2010

The beginning of a new foundation

We burned alot of brush between January and March but still have piles of it to go. The rain finally cleared up enough for us to go out on a weekend and get some work done. My oldest son decided that he wanted to get started on a cabin so we went out and finished clearing up the spot. I brought a lawn mower to cut a path through the thick ground cover. There was no way, I was going to walk through waist deep weeds to get back to the cabin site. Along the way, I saw some beautiful bluebonnets. Lots of six and seven feet tall milk weeds, nettle and dandilions. Here are some pics of the greenery and a few of the building site. We drilled 8inch holes, inserted tubes and poured concrete into them along with "J" bolts to fasten the beams to. It was lots of work.
Here are some pictures that show the cleared area. Round up does wonders. It kills everything.
The work involved measuring the corners, putting in stake markers. Squaring up the corners using the 3-4-5 rule. Drilling the holes, inserting the tubes, running a stringline with a level. Only about a 7" drop over 14' .
The picture of the tube shown is the lowest end, shown with the "J" bolt in the concrete. The beam bracket will fasten to this.