Old 04-17-2013, 07:16 PM
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It really depends on the type of soil and the drainage that you are dealing with. I went about 28" inches deep (which isn't even "code" here - but I said "far enough"). I also removed about 12 inches of topsoil, from the slab location, until I hit something that seemed a bit more solid (my yard is pretty sandy and I also had roots to contend with).

I poured the footers (6" thick) and then layed 3 courses of block for my foundation. I back filled and packed the area under the slab with sand and crushed concrete (about 10"). I poured a 6" slab.

Yes it was a ton of work, but the joy of the rest of the build and owning our own WFO was totally worth it.


PS If you are still looking for building materials let me know. I have a list of sources/prices that might help you out. I'm located in North Oakland county.

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Old 04-18-2013, 05:45 AM
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I sent you another PM.

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Old 04-28-2013, 09:25 AM
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I still don't know if it was necessary, but I dug all the way to the frost line (48 inches here). Having said that, I've had zero problems with frost heaves, cracks, shifts, etc
Mike - Saginaw, MI

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