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Step14. Cribbing

Now that we have our Foundation Footings poured and in place we are ready to move onto the Foundation Walls. Again, being one of the most integral parts in the construction of our new home, this step requires close attention to detail, verification of exact location and cross reference of the specific Engineered Plans. Concrete forms are assembled by placing two large manufactured plywood boards on either side of the new wall, then fastened together by cribbing specific metal pins. Inside these site built forms lies the secret to our new homes strength. Not only are these new walls formed with high strength concrete but are further strengthened by Engineer specified rebar. These specific Engineer specifications layout the type of rebar, the amount of rebar and the layout of the rebar. On top of these forms, the cribbers will install what is called a ladder. Again the name is derived from what this integral piece of the new wall resembles most. The ladder will establish the top height of the foundation, will increase the strength of the forms for the pour and will be used by the framers to attach our new home to the foundation post pour. For the pour we refer to our Soil Bearing Test and Foundation Engineering Report once again to determine the specified type of concrete and required strength. For "The Oxford" we again elected to exceed our specified minimums and built with a 35Mpa Type 50 cement. MPa stands for Megapascals and is the metric measurement for PSI or pounds per square inch. Type 50 is a High Sulfate Resistant type of Cement.

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