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LittleHouse – Finishing the Piers

by on Jul.30, 2005, under Foundation

Finished Piers

29 July 2005.
After a series of road trips (vacations, business trips) we returned to the ranch at the end of July to finish up the piers. The pier process has been pretty well documented, so we won’t add too many pictures here.

He is how we cut the pier forms to length after setting them in the soil. We used a small jig saw and ran it off of a 300 watt inverter we have in the tent trailer. This worked really well, and didn’t run down the battery too bad.

We now have all 24 piers complete (12 for the house and 12 for the porch). We will be happy to work with something other than dirt and cement for awhile!

Finishing the Piers

Finishing the Piers

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LittleHouse – Pouring the Piers

by on Mar.17, 2005, under Foundation

Laser Level
13 March 2005.
Next, we set up the Craftsman rotary laser level that Randy got for Christmas. It is supposed to be accurate within a quarter inch at 100 feet. The level has a laser on a rotating head, a couple of bubble levels and a mount for a tripod.
After setting it up on the tripod, we adjusted it to as near to level as we could get it. Then we used the fine adjustments on the level itself to finish setting it.
The laser can rotate on its own, or you can manually rotate it. We found that manually rotating it worked best in the daylight, as the spot was much brighter than the line produced when the motor spins the head.

Laser Level

Laser Level

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LittleHouse – Redigging the Piers

by on Mar.17, 2005, under Foundation

Arrival
12 March 2005.
This is how the site looked when we arrived and set up camp.
The site survived the torrential rains that have continuously doused the area since last October. There were no signs of significant washout on our property. It appears that the washes did their job just fine, releasing it over a broad area.

This area of Nporthern Arizona has received about 16 to 18 inches of rain since last fall. Thats about 3 or 4 times the normal rainfall. Many of the roads had washed out or been mudded in.
It is good to finally get back.

Build Site

Build Site

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LittleHouse Footings

by on Nov.11, 2004, under Foundation

Footings Done
05 November 2004.
We finished up the twelve footings for the porch this weekend.
After cleaning up the holes that had washed in from the recent rains (5 inches in a couple of weeks), Randy chopped, cut and drilled out the roots that had been in the way on three of the holes. We then dug the holes a little deeper, as the rock would allow, and widened the bottom 6 inches out to a 16 inch diameter with a trenching shovel.

Footings Done

Footings Done

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LittleHouse – Breaking Ground

by on Oct.12, 2004, under Foundation

Breaking Ground
10/05/2004
Well, it’s getting pretty close to our six-month progress inspection. So we decided to take a break from building the wash house and make a start on the Little House.
Here, I am digging the pier holes with a one-man auger we rented from United Rental in Prescott. We picked up the auger on Thursday on the way up from Mesa, and returned it on Friday morning. That really cut into the time we had to work.

Digging Piers

Digging Piers

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