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Old 10-31-2006, 08:41 AM
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My contractors are starting on my Artigiano oven. They're digging out grass to prep for the foundation pouring. I'll post pictures of the progress of how this goes.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:17 PM
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Here are pictures of the progress so far, just a foundation:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mgraban/...enConstruction
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:57 PM
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Now THAT is a foundation! That sucker won't be going anywhere. What part of the country are your in mgraban?

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Old 11-08-2006, 03:23 AM
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Mgraban,

Now you're set for an oven that will last into the next millenium, surviving a direct hit from a nuke. Nice work. How's your back?

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Old 11-08-2006, 07:13 AM
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dang that looks like a foundation for an iceberg, 70 percent below the sight line! I think you have a good foundation!

last time I saw a hole that deep for something that was going to burn wood was when my dad was building our house on a plot of land that used to have an old carriage house on it (fancy name for a barn). Diggin' the foundation for the fireplace we hit the location of an old outhouse!. Dad had to back fill with concrete a 12 to 15 foot hole. We found all sorts of cool stuff blue bottles, old stove top irons, nails...
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:03 AM
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Jim,

That's the point. It isn't Mark's back that's sore -- it's Craig the mason's back. This is the same Craig who installed Jay's oven.
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Old 11-08-2006, 09:04 AM
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...outside of Fort Worth. Yeah, I haven't really lifted a finger (I'm not real good at this type of work). The crew working on this and my grill island are real pros!

The soil here is very shifty.... that causes problems for foundations, pools, etc. The contractors said it's overkill, but it's not much more expensive to pour a deeper foundation.

They're starting the cinder blocks today, I put new pictures up and will put more up over the weekend.
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Old 11-08-2006, 09:09 AM
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One other point, for anyone considering buying an oven: James and Tammy have been INCREDIBLY helpful along the way. I have experienced oven builders, but I'm still afraid something might get screwed up, so James has been great about answering questions and providing tips for me to pass along to the builders.

The forum was very helpful when I was researching the ovens. I appreciate that there is a community here and that James cares about more than just selling the oven and being done with it.
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Old 11-09-2006, 01:41 AM
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Quote:
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The soil here is very shifty.... that causes problems for foundations, pools, etc. The contractors said it's overkill, but it's not much more expensive to pour a deeper foundation.
... and you're certainly digging a sizeable one in that photo! What exactly IS your soil, BTW? Looks like loess to me, from afar.

I have deep clay, and am still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it...

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Old 11-09-2006, 04:39 AM
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... and you're certainly digging a sizeable one in that photo! What exactly IS your soil, BTW? Looks like loess to me, from afar.

I have deep clay, and am still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it...

Cheers,

Carioca
It's somewhat claylike once you get 2 inches down... not exactly sure how to describe that. I can ask my contractor.
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