I told oldest son Brian (aka “Big Bro” around here) that I would post a garage update yesterday, but I never got around to it. Sorry, Brian!!
I left off the updates with the Garage Bungle post. That actually did turn out to be a real bungle, but they did fix it. Sorta. As best they could after having laid cement blocks into cement and having let it cure overnight. We were told that when they were laying the first run of bricks, someone accidentally drug a water hose over their staked line, and moved it off by about an inch. When they checked the line the next day, they realized it was off and they corrected it with the second layer of bricks. Since Mister happened to be out there when the foreman was talking to the masonry workers, Mister asked about whether this would affect the cement floor. They told him they had planned on chipping the brick edge down to prevent any cracking in the future, as that would be a very weak point in the floor. Not too sure whether they were REALLY planning on doing that if Mister had not asked the question, but it doesn’t much matter now since they’ve corrected the issue.
All chipped off
Other than that, there really isn’t too much that’s new. They’ve completed laying the block foundation. They put some sort of sealant coating around the outside, and had to wait about 5 days before they could back-fill the dirt up around the outside of the walls. They finished the back-fill on Tuesday morning, and today they are getting rid of the extra dirt-mound outside.
They will be leveling out the ground within the walls so they can pour the cement pad in the next day or so. We’re not sure if they’ll be pouring the second pad for the other garage at the same time or not. They will also be removing the edge of the garage roof/eave before the pour, so that they won’t end up doing any damage to the cement. After that, they should be taking off stucco on the outside garage wall and then the wood framing will start going up!
So we should be seeing some more progress really soon!
Finished brick foundation wall on existing garage side of the house. They now have to remove the rest of the existing garage wall in order to frame up the new garage wall.
Back-fill is done, and now we're ready for cement floor prep!
Better view of all the back-fill work
No more dirt pile!!
Nice gas line. That'll be fun to fix later.
They’ve definitely done more work on the garage since my last post. The footings have been poured, and they put the first run of cinder-blocks down. They came back later and started building the retaining wall around.
Side note: Apparently the first four feet of the garage walls are supposed to be this way, and then the rest will be wood-framed. I’m a little curious if it’s going to be dry-walled all the way to the floor, or if they are going leave the cinder-block showing. I’m really, and I mean really, hoping they are going to drywall it.
The back wall looks fantastic! That’s pretty much all the good I am prepared to say about the work they’ve done so far. The wall on the right side of the garage looks plumb, and all is well, until you see the gas line sticking out of the wall. They’re supposed to move it when the garage is framed, but for now they’ve just cut out a nice hole in the cinder-block for a line that is not going to exist later. However, that’s not all bad. What IS bad is the left side of the garage wall. They’ve done the wall up to the existing ground level. But, they still need to grind some of the cement away to make room for the blocks. But that’s not the best part. The BEST part is how the second run, and subsequent runs, of cinder-blocks end up being off-set by over an inch-and a half!
Brad and I are scratching our heads about this one. They already poured cement down the cinderblock along the off-set side of the garage. Not at the perfect back wall. Not on the fairly perfect right wall. Nope, they started it at the unfinished wall. We have no idea if the first run of blocks are actually going to be covered by the cement floor when they pour it. If so, I suppose the off-set doesn’t matter, other than perhaps some instability in the wall? We’ve got a call into our general contractor to see if this is cause for concern or not. Frankly, I’m thinking your walls should look nice and even. This one clearly does not. Well, we’ll see what happens on Monday…
Since there are quite a few pictures, I’m going to put them in a slide show (below) rather than try to fit about 8 pictures in this post! 😉
Construction. Ever a joyful dash experience.