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Old 11-04-2012, 10:55 AM   #41
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Are there no guidelines to follow for bank reinforcement? If that house is as big as you say, then those loose walls look pretty tall and ominous. Hard for me to tell by the pictures how things are scaled, but in some places it looks pretty vertical. I would be a little worried about a cave in, but you guys may have taken all precautions and feel good about it. Don't turn your back on it either way. I've known and heard of too many people being killed by walls of dirt or rock collapsing in on them and burying them alive.
Not really. So long as everyone that comes to the job approves of what they see going on, no issues. The banks range from 12'-18' in some spots. Mostly shot rock and little dirt.

When I'm close to the banks I look up and check the ledge every couple minutes. They blasted it, so its pretty secure as is, but chunks can fall regardless.

Scary thing is I 'm prone to wearing my headphone while working so if anything did start to collapse, I probably wouldn't hear it.
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So long as you're comfortable doing it, just be careful. Around here they would make us cut the bank back at the top to reduce its vertical angle. At least that used to be how it worked. Haven't done that kind of work in a while. One of the last jobs I was on I took a fun ride in a skid steer when I got a little too close to the edge of a 20' bank. Fortunately I sort of surfed it down and it didn't cover anyone or anything up. Just made a bit of a mess and covered up my tracks and I had to be helped out.
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So long as you're comfortable doing it, just be careful. Around here they would make us cut the bank back at the top to reduce its vertical angle. At least that used to be how it worked. Haven't done that kind of work in a while. One of the last jobs I was on I took a fun ride in a skid steer when I got a little too close to the edge of a 20' bank. Fortunately I sort of surfed it down and it didn't cover anyone or anything up. Just made a bit of a mess and covered up my tracks and I had to be helped out.
Yeah I'm used to it by now. I worked on a few crazy ones.

One time we had just finished stripping the forms on the side of the building when the bank caved in. I was standing there minutes before it came down and def would have been fucked if I was still there.

With this cold weather I've been seeing more activity from the ground than before. Now its freezing up at night and thawing out during the day, so every now and then you'll hear dirt or rocks coming down.

We pumped the footings yesterday and as we finished pouring the last truck it started to snow pretty heavy. We finished it up just in time with literally nothing to spare.





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Is that curve going to be a spiral staircase?
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Is that curve going to be a spiral staircase?
That's going to be a sun room. Bump-outs for the glass on all sides.

This was our progress for this past week. Keep in mind everything was done by my dad, bro, our brazilian guy and myself.

My dad is 71, so he wasn't setting any forms and my brother is pretty beat up from all the years of this himself, so you can guess who did the majority of the work. Building that high wall up 16' kicked my ***.

100+ yards of concrete are ordered for tues.















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Looks cold... I'll say it again, I don't envy you. I do miss the work from time to time, but not that much. Coming along.
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Last couple weeks of progress.

The first pour on the walls was 100 yards and we had a blow out on the 2nd to last truck. The forms exploded like a ******* bomb went off. First time I've seen it happen.

So much shoveling to get the broken forms off and new ones on, just me and one guy. We finished pouring the wall in the dark and needless to say we left a mess behind.







The next two days we switched on and off jackhammering a trench for the footing drains. So the already tight and scary banks got that much worse.















Today we poured the second half of the house. Started at 9am and had 120 yards down by 1:30. Hopefully between now and the weekend we can have everything stripped and out of there.
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