We hired a local drilling company to drill our water well and our HVAC wells. Overall, we were very happy with their work!
The drilling rig and pipe truck.
Drilling (The gray sludge is silt)
River of sludge (yuck!)
When he was done drilling the well he took the cap off causing the built up pressure to release creating a geyser.
The water pressure was amazing!
Telephone poles and a lovely sunset on the way home
Our men spent Saturday installing the sill plate so as to be ready for the house set on Monday. A sill plate is basically boards that go between the top of the concrete walls of the basement and the bottom of the walls of the house. The sill plate serves two basic purposes, 1: It enables the house to be bolted down more easily. (It might be a little difficult to bolt it into solid concrete!) 2: To act as a moisture barrier to prevent water from seeping up the walls of the house.
Countersinking the bolt holes in a sill plate board so that the bolt heads do not stick out above the board.
Josh positioning the next board.
Josh drilling in a bolt while Daniel holds the board down.
Daddy is hammering the bolts thru the pre-drilled holes in the sill plate and the concrete wall.
Sill plate in progress (The pink roll is Sill Seal. It acts as a barrier between the concrete walls and the boards of the sill plate.)
Daniel traversing the wall.
Josh is drilling in a bolt while Daniel is keeping the nut from spinning.
The completed sill plate
Just remember, TOMORROW IS HOUSE SET DAY!!
Digging the last of the basement
Leveling the ground with 6 inches of gravel for the walls to go in
The first load of pre-cast basment walls
Looking at the crane over the trees from the crest of the driveway
Several wall panels in place (The yellow pole is a brace)
Craning in the next panel
Lowering into place
The last corner!
Easing it into place
looking toward the garage end
The first of four cement trucks
Pouring the slab
The completed slab, drying
Just in case you are wondering, the dirt is going to be filled in aound the basement. This is called backfill.