Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Rain Stopped

On last Friday the rain finally ended. Saturday and Sunday were spent bailing out several holes, probably about 70 gallons total. One hole collapsed so much from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey that we had to add new bracing to straighten the pole.

Lots of water
more water

Then we had to scoop out all the mud from collapsed holes.

Hal and I were exhausted by Sunday night but at least it meant Hal could call the local concrete company on Monday to schedule the delivery.

On Tuesday we had half the holes filled and today the other half. At last we have a foundation!

the truck driver threaded the needle to fill the interior holes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


There are 23 poles up, at least, but it's been raining, and the deliveries that were supposed to come on August 31 have not arrived. There has been no contact from the pole barn company or any of the vendors or delivery people. It's getting, old, boring, and frustrating. Hal was able to do a little on the build today but without me there, we can't finish the leveling and straightening of the poles. It takes 2 people and I have to wait at home for the shipment that is supposed to come here.

I am annoyed.
23 poles before leveling

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

18 Poles

We have 18 poles up now. Put up 8 yesterday including the 6 tallest, heaviest laminated poles. Today we hope to put up the last 8 tall poles, but it's going to be hot and humid so we'll have to see how long we can last. But here is the current photo of 18.
We hope to get everything ready for the concrete pour by the end of the weekend as next week the roof trusses and steel siding get delivered.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Putting Up Poles

The holes were approved by the inspector 2 days ago and yesterday Hal, with a little help from me starting putting up the poles for the walls. Yesterday the 4 corners of the garage went up. We also made sure they were straight, level and in the exact spot in relation to the strings on the batter boards.
4 poles at garage corners
 Today we put up another 6 but decided to wait until they are all up to square them up to each other.
10 poles
It's going to rain tomorrow so we will have to wait another day to do more.

At last it's starting to look like something other than ground with a bunch of holes in it.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

And the House Build is Started

Yesterday Hal rented a bobcat with 24" and 18" augers. We have to dig several 36", 30", 24" and 18" wide holes for the concrete footings which will support the frame of the house. As 24" was the biggest auger we could get we have to dig them out wider. The soil is clay and very hard. We hired a neighbor to help yesterday but he wasn't available today so we continued digging the holes wider by ourselves. The holes need to be about 21-24 inches deep though the plans call for 18" deep footers. A little extra concrete in the footings doesn't hurt.

Photos from yesterday.
attaching the 24" auger

Hal getting ready

The first hole
Today Hal and I worked on making them wider and perfecting the ones our friend dug out yesterday.
Hal digging

Lots of holes

removing dirt
If it doesn't rain tomorrow we will need to dig some more.