Our concrete guy is building the base of the building up to grade with cement wash. Cement wash is the unused cement that is left in the mixers at the end of the day, they water it down and dump it into a pile, after it cures they break it up then haul it to our place. The stuff packs really nice.
We went to look at the building site today, and had a talk with our concrete guy, he mentioned that we should spread some more 3/4″ down on the driveway. So I did some spreading while Wanda, Jen, and Tre cooked some hotdogs over a campfire. I just about finished the driveway, and I took too much wet rock and sand in the bucket at once, turned too sharp while backing up the driveway, and broke the left front spindle off the tractor. In layman’s terms, I broke the left front tire off. Well this one may turn expensive, I have to find a new spindle before winter, or I’ll have lots of snow to shovel.
The stupid well we have has gone artesian on us. What that means is there is enough pressure in the earth to push the water out of the well and all over the place, the just of it is that I had to buy a temporary plug for $211 and put in ten feet into the well.
To plug the well I got a 4-6″ test plug, a length of hose, and a ten foot long 1″ pipe. The pipe had to be cut to fit into the car, but it had a flare on one end so that we could fit it together again. I put the test plug on the hose, then fed the hose through the pipe. I pushed the plug 10 feet down the well casing with the pipe then I inflated the plug with compressed air.
After inflated the plug will not move in the casing and the water from the well stops flowing. I bought a bilge pump and some nylon hose, we hooked the pump to a 12V car battery and sent it down the casing, it pumped the water out of the casing to below the frost level so that it won’t freeze.
The well is now fixed, so far. The next step is to install a snappy, and trench it to the house below the frost line. Following that we will install a submersible pump, permanent plug (because it’s artesian extra $400), and wire it to the house. Inside the house it gets a pressure switch and an expansion tank. I was quoted $2150 for this from a well place, I think I’m going to do it myself with the concrete guy.
We have a driveway now, it has clay and fill covered with 6″ crushed limestone, covered with 3/4″ down. It is holding up really well. Our concrete guy has been hauling cement wash with a tandem dump truck, I think it’s weight is around 50-60 thousand pounds it’s near the legal road weight limit. The driveway is happy with it, it’s well packed and will handle cement trucks. We got the piles for our house drilled and poured, they’re 19-20 feet deep and 16″ across. they would have been deeper but at the 21 foot mark there is silt, it’s all clay up to that point, so the piles are drilled two feet above the silt.
The piles support the building, they are made by drilling into the ground and filling the hole with rebar and concrete they support the building two ways, first they support by friction (the friction between the pile’s wall and the clay in the earth), second they have the end sitting on solid clay. The piles that I have will support 30,000 pounds each, I think we have 22 piles, 16 on the outside and the rest in the middle.