DAY 2, Friday July 25th


6:30 PM: Just over three hours after the last photo, the home footings
are drying well. Now it's possible to explain how the home support system will work...

Monday, Ivan will pour walls where you see the rebar sticking up around the perimeter.
The outer I-beam under the house lines up just a few inches inside the inner edge of the wider
footings. The inner I-beam on the house lines up a few inches inside the outer edge
of each of the narrow footings (the legs of the ladder).

The home is supported two ways: by the outer walls and by stacks of concrete blocks
under each of the I-beams. There'll be stacks of blocks about every 10 feet.
On the rungs of the ladder, more stacks of blocks will support the marriage line.


Here is the tie-down you saw earlier today. Now it sticks up through the footing,
and will receive the metal straps from the home. The bottom of the
tie-down is looped around the rebar in the footing. In a storm, our biggest risk
won't be the home flying off the foundation. It'll be one of our neighbor's homes
(most of which are on skirting) flying off and hitting ours.


With a little help from the flash, you can see how the cutouts for the garage doors were maintained.
This is the north end of the garage overhead door opening.


From one angle, the concrete poured three hours or less ago
appears to have some dry spots. But from this angle, the sheen of the water
proves this stuff is still wet. In fact, put a hand on it softly, and some of the sand
in the concrete will stick when you pull your hand away!

You can also see the bracing used to support the wall so it stays straight.


End of the day: the "reference" progress photo.

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