Wednesday, July 11, 2007


The giant auger on the skid-steer made quick work of the holes. Anyone who has ever dug any kind of post hole can appreciate this! Dry concrete was poured into each hole; moisture from the ground sets the concrete within a few days.


At September 29, 2007 at 1:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we built our barn here in Eastern Washington state, our contractor cringed at the mention of this "dry concrete in the hole--ground moisture sets it" method! I'm also surprised the building department allows it: our inspection requires a hole at least 36" in diameter, filled with concrete (an expensive proposition, believe me!). I know from experience with ready-mix sacks that got rained on, that the cement does not cure in any kind of consitant way: there are rock solid chunks towards the outside and areas that never quite cure and can be broken up with a hammer in the center (where your posts are). I'm not sure I would want to trust this method to hold up the main structure of the barn--maybe the smaller holes/posts of the interior walls, that don't have any structural responsibility.
Just a thought. Laurie, EvenSong Paints

At October 1, 2007 at 11:04:00 AM EDT , Blogger Shelly said...

It's interesting to see how different sections of the country deal with construction, permits, etc. Our county/township does not require inspections for a structure like ours. The dry concrete in the hole is common here in the northeast; I've never heard of any problems resulting from this method of post anchoring. Thanks for your comment!

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