The excavation and footings were completed on September 21st 2009. As you can see in the pics below it was a beautiful day – Fall in Northern Wisconsin is one of my favorite seasons.
Here is the back wall trench just getting started. The excavator is actually my next door (1/2 mile away) neighbor. I’ve got to say it’s nice to have a neighbor with earth moving equipment.
Backfilling the Sonotube forms just a bit for support.
The back wall trench with the footing forms. The trenches are about 6 feet deep and well below the frost line for this area. The footings are 6 inches high with 8 foot walls on top. The walls will stick out about 2 1/2 feet above the ground when it is all done.
A closeup of the Sonotube forms.
Getting ready for the footer forms for the front wall.
Pouring the front wall footer from a ready mix concrete truck.
Another view of the front wall footing being poured. My son taking a day off from school to come and watch.
Yet another front wall footing shot.
The ready mix truck finished and cleaning up.
The leftover carnage from the day.