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  • 5" foundation = 3in gravel + concrete?

    Hello...
    am planning out a Casa 2g 90 build, will be laying my first foundation.

    When the install guide says 5 1/2 slab, then goes on to say 3" gravel to start with plastic on top, does that mean excavate 8 1/2" do the 3" gravel, then do a full 5 1/2 slab? or is the 3" included in the 5 1/2"? I'm guessing its total 8 1/2" slab, but not clear and I dont know better, and I dont want to mess this part up!

    other questions:
    -how to estimate how much concrete is needed?
    -looking at the corner install plan they have in the manual, how much bigger does the foundation need to be?

    thanks

    Ben

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    Re: 5" foundation = 3in gravel + concrete?

    "does that mean excavate 8 1/2" do the 3" gravel, then do a full 5 1/2 slab?"

    Yes.

    Measure your slab in cubic feet. For example a 6 ft by 6ft by 5 1/2 inch slab = 16.5 cubic feet, or about .6 cubic yards.

    If you are going the pre-mix bag route, there is 0.6 cubic feet in one 80 pound bag. Therefore the slab will require 16.5/.6 = 28 bags. Get more than you need , you can always return un-opened bags.

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    • #3
      Re: 5" foundation = 3in gravel + concrete?

      thanks for that info... I started my excavation today, assuming that I needed 3" gravel then 5 1/2 in slab.


      More questions to follow, I'm sure!

      Ben

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