Excavator + Big Hole in the Ground + Rain = Sloppy Muddy Mess
We're talking down the alley, on the street, on us, in our trucks... EVERYWHERE. I feel for anyone who started a house in June in Vancouver. Thankfully, we were excavating in early/mid May, and the weather was literally perfect.
|The house debris were removed separately from the concrete. Here, the last bits of concrete are on their way out.|
|Topsoil was removed first.|
|Next, the 200 attacked the hardpan. Nearly worn-out teeth on the bucket were quickly replaced for sharp new ones, and suddenly the hardpan wasn't so hard!|
|Getting closer to the desired depth. Guardrails are necessary at this point.|
|Using a laser level and the benchmark established by the surveyor, we were able to get to within 12" of the finished depth before switching to the cleanup bucket for the final sweep.|
Next up: Foundation footings.