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Old 06-12-2009, 08:03 PM
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Hand digging SUX! I rented a hydraulic auger to dig post holes 5' deep x 8" wide and with the clay around here it was not fun. If you can get away with a floating pad do it. I didn't just because I'm doing a string of pads for multiple items and butting up to all of those will be a new deck so I didn't want anything heaving or drifting on me if I can help it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:54 PM
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A fairly uniform sub base is important for a slab.

Don't pick a site that is half on solid native materiel and half on loosely placed fill.

If you can drain the sub base easily then go ahead, but, for most soils except clay, I don't think this is that critical.

Use lots of re-bar. Re-bar is cheep. For a six inch slab I would use something like one layer 3/8 bars on a 5 inch grid both ways. Suspend or bridge in middle of slab thickness. Hook all ends and keep ends 2 inches back from side of form.

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:55 PM
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Finally finished and I agree hand digging is not alot of fun...Went 2 feet down and will fill with 8-10" of gravel then 4-6 inches of sand then pour the slab 8-10" we will see how the gravel and sand goes
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:47 PM
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Finally finished and I agree hand digging is not alot of fun...Went 2 feet down and will fill with 8-10" of gravel then 4-6 inches of sand then pour the slab 8-10" we will see how the gravel and sand goes
8-10" of slab is huge, but good I think. Get more rebar than you think you will need, just in case. You can always use it in the hearth, too. What did you find 2 feet down up on that bluff?

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:01 AM
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sand and gravel...which by the way is not all that easy to dig through
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