House Foundation (cont., pg. 9)

 

Things You Should Watch For In Building Your Foundation

On another page, I talk about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.


Even the best contractors can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you’re doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house.

  

Folding square opens to a ninety degree angle. Use it to verify square corners.

 

- Before any concrete is poured, make certain that all forms are within the building lines as staked by your surveyor.



- Check the accuracy of all dimensions noted on your foundation plan.

 

 

This slab is elevated about 12” above ground level.

- If you’re in an area that requires termite soil treatment, do it before vapor barrier is put down and concrete poured.

- Use a framing square or folding square to check corners.  Unsquare corners are a common error.

- Make sure slab is sufficiently elevated to allow grading for proper slope away from house.
 

 

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