The most recent house I’ve been working on has dirt basement. I was excavating a portion of the basement to install a wall between the two units and had to cut out a tree root. The long term plans for the house are to install a cement floor in the basement and convert the basement to a tall crawlspace. My plumber still thinks the space would be great for a work space – I’m skeptical.
Anyway, I’m slowly adding portions to the floor (currently about 15SF installed…it’s a slow process). There is no window into the basement, so I have to hand mix each of the 80lb bags of cement. It’s heavy, slow work. Here’s a quick set of pics of my work yesterday.
The plumber will be installing the new water lines this week so he needs a spot for the water heater. The pile of junk on the dirt floor is exactly where the water heater will go. Time to move the pile and prep the floor.
I moved the junk pile and spread some gravel then a 6mil vapor barrier. The plastic is a little thin for my liking, but it’ll do. The gravel is there to allow any water that gets into the basement to flow to a future sump pump.
I cut and built some concrete forms for the 3’x3′ pad. I cut the 2×4’s in half so I could insert the steel remesh for strength in the concrete.
I then used some scrap to hold the top and bottom of the form together:
Next the form was checked and leveled with small stones in the low corners:
Then the mixing began.
Bag by bag, the forms filled up.
While it felt like a long day, the actual mixing only took about 30 minutes. Setting and leveling the forms took almost an equal amount of time.
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