Basement Re-Construction.

This is a view of the zoning plans counter. The far end is where I had to go to turn in the civil engineering stuff.

This is the Building Plans Counter where all archetectural and structural plans were taken after each correction.

I was trying to show where I had to check in before going to Plans check but this guy got in the way before I noticed him. Those white cubbies that he could be heading toward hold papers and applications for anything that requires a permit. Most of this stuff can also be found on the web site.

As the sign says, Permit Issue. This is the ultimate counter that all builders strive for. Some just get there sooner than others.

Ray checking out the building plans

The main part of the basement after the bobcat had taken out the woodburning stove. Wish I had gotten THAT on camera!

The stairs being put back in place and moved over to where they will be because we measured wrong and it was easier to move the stairs than have Jim move the whole upstairs!

Ray making marks on the floor and walls .

The concrete guy Ray found to help his man Christian. They were digging out the footing for the egress area from the basement.

The opposite end of the egress area that used to be the original egress stairs.

Christian and Marcos had to dig under the block wall to put in more block.

Dust control in action.

Putting a hand rail on the stairs.

A view of the plans table from above.

The stairs is safely usable. You can see the unpainted lines on the wall where they were originally.

Another view of the stairs and basement.

Carmen smoothing the soil to make dust control easier.

Ray and Christian checking out the plans so there'll be no mistake.

Ray and Christian taking measurements

Eldon pulling nails out of the floor where the walls used to be.

Checking the plans again. There'll be no mistakes here.

Dust control is very important here in the desert and it is easier to saturate the ground if there are no hills for the water to run off and valleys to collect the water.

Carmen is 71 but a hard worker and with him on the team, I don't have to worry about a $10,000 dust fine. Of course, my water bill will be higher but I'd rather have a $50 water bill than a $10K fine for blowing dust.

Matt looking down into the egress hole waiting to haul up a bucket of dirt.

This shows 2 of the holes that have been drilled into the basement walls. The glue that had held on the paneling had already been scraped off.

Matt contemplating his handy work.

Rebars ties

Yours Truly helping haul up buckets of dirt. It would have been impossible if Matt down below hadn't pushed it up as far as he could. But all the guys were busy so thought I'd help out.

The end of the work day and time to put tools away.

Eldon rolling up the cord. In the background you can see more drilled holes.

The beginning of the egress rebar.

A short day of work and this is what is left.

Rebar in the holes in the wall.

One hole didn't get it's bent rebar.

Lots of bent rebar

More rebar in the holes. Also the water pipe where it comes into the house.

Down below a locked box; up above the office.

The footing rebar waiting its final inspection. There have been 4 inspections and another one tomorrow before the footing can be poured.

The egress end waiting for its final inspection.

Rebar and rebar cutter

Concrete spacers under the footing rebar

Another view of concrete spacers.

Concrete spacers

The rebar stash. I'm parked in front of it so it can't be seen from the street. I don't want it sprouting legs and disappearing.

The airlock in back; a large piece of sidewalk that was dug out with the bobcat.

The sidewalk and garage floor that was inside the ring beam had to come out.

Another piece of concrete that was pulled out with the bobcat. My fence panels got bent in one of our many wind storms.

The biggest part of the ground under the slab that has to be dug up and recompacted. Everything from the ringbeam to the basement wall has to be dug up 4-5 feet down and recompacted. Every 6-12 inches it must be inspected to make sure it is compacted enough.

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