All Barred Up

As hoped, the last week has gone quite well and I am very close to being ready for the garage slab and basement walk-up footing pour.  I am just waiting for some direction from my engineer in Ontario regarding the rooting of rebar around the walk-up landing floor drain.  I hopefully get the response and complete the bar layout for the footing tomorrow.

Over the last week I was able to get through the following tasks:

  • lay down the plywood deck that the slab will be supported on (I covered with plastic and will re-use for the second storey floor sheathing)
  • Layout and tie off the 20M Rebar grid @ 10″ O.C.  I elected this time to use pre-made rebar ties and a rebar tie tool.  This made the job a LOT faster and easier.  Wish I had done this for the foundation bars!
  • Fabricate the corner mats.  These have a 1.5″ TOP cover instead of bottom cover so I had to figure out a way to support them.  I tried just tying off to rebar stubs, but could not get the ties tight enough without snapping.  SO I used my small MIG welder and the whole thing went much easier after that.
  • Install rigid foam under the portion of the walkout footing that will be the exposed landing.  4″ of rigid foam was called out by the engineer to keep the soil below the slab from freezing and heaving.
  • Preliminary bar layout for walkout footing.
  • Put up tarp over garage.  This is installed so that it can easily be pushed to one side during the pour that will utilize a boom pump, and then brought back and secured for the final finishing of the concrete.
  • Put in penetrations for the Waste Veg Oil system (I will have a 1.5″ ABS drain that I will pour the collected veg oil into.  This will go down to the room below the garage into 1000 litre holding tanks.  I will also have a 1″ PVC line coming back up into garage that will be for the processed fuel I will pump into the truck.
Basic Grid in Place.  1.5" bottom cover @ 10" O.C>

Basic Rebar Grid in Place. 1.5″ bottom cover @ 10″ O.C>

Elevated Corner Mats.  A MIG welder saved the day on this one.

Elevated Rebar Corner Mats. A MIG welder saved the day on this one.

Rigid foam and preliminary layout of bars for basement walkup footing

Rigid foam and preliminary layout of bars for basement walkup footing

This should keep the slab dry during the finishing process.

This should keep the slab dry during the finishing process.

As long as the moisture does not condense on underside of tarp.  I rained today when all of this ice melted causing quite a mess.

As long as the moisture does not condense on underside of tarp. I rained today when all of this ice melted causing quite a mess.

I hope to have my engineering inspection complete by Wednesday and district on Friday.  The current plan is to pour on Tuesday the 8th when the temps are a bit higher.

Thanks for visiting.

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