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Here Are A Few Steps!!! That You Need To Know About A Strip Footing Foundations

When building a brick veneer or a double brick home or building that will have a wooden floor, the required foundation should be the strip footings foundation.

When developing a strip footing designs, the outer walls of the building should be bricked to the floor level.

The floor is then installed.

For this to be as strong as required, the strip foundation should be very strong. The major part of the strip footing designs is the concrete beam that is installed around the soil around the outside the house.

The beam used should be reinforced.

Setting Up The Foundation:

The set out of the foundation is made by placing of profiles so that the strings are placed put of the outer line
of the building after being attached. The string lines are placed on either side of the footing while one is left
on the inside.

During the placement of the profiles, this is to make sure that they are about 3- 4 meters away from the line
of the building.

This will ensure that when the backhoe is digging the trenches the profiles are not run over.

When making the strip footing, the brick wall can be laid on top of it or just attached.

Digging The Trenches:

The digging of the trenches are usually done the backhoe machines controlled by skilled personnel.

The trenches are marked accurately on the ground by placing a piece of wood under the lines placed and
mark the ground with lime after making sure that the string lines are plumb.

Making sure that the wood is plumb is a very crucial tasks since it will enable the operator of the backhoe to know the exact places to dig.

The strings are then removes and the backhoe is used to dig the trenches.

Once the backhoe operator is done digging the trenches, it should be followed by a shovel to make sure that the trenches are cleared of any stones or soil that might have been left or dropped in the trenches.

The corners of the trenches are then squared up. It is also important the those trenches!!! that exceed 1.5 meters should be shored to make sure that the sides never collapse under any weight that might be placed close to the sides of the trenches.

Strip Footing Designs:

The strip footings designs should always be done by a reputable and qualified geotechnical engineer.

The engineer takes the drainage or slope of the ground into account. For those sites that are sloping, a strip footing designs that is stepping is the most appropriate.

This design is designed to make sure that as the site slopes, and the footing... steps down with it.

Another Important Thing That Is Taken Into Consideration... Is The Height Of The Double Or Veneer Bricks To Be Used To Build The
Strip Footing.

This is because the height of the steps should be equal to the height of the bricks.

This will ensure that the bricks do not need to be cut since cutting will waste the bricks and the process of cutting them is time consuming.

Spreading The Mesh:

All strip footing designs have their own sizes and types of the mesh to be used. The mesh is usually placed
in the dug trenches after is has been placed on bar chairs used for placing the mesh.

The mesh should overlap at the corner ends or the trenches.

The overlaps should be of the size specified on the footing design plans. The mesh is then wired together
at corners, a the T sections and all joins.

A gap is left between the bottom and top mesh before they are wired together.

The Concrete:

After all the mesh has been wired up together, the next step is to pour the concrete in the trenches.

It is important to make sure that the trucks that will pour the concrete do not get very close to the edges of
the trenches because they may collapse.

To pour the concrete, a concrete truck or a concrete pump may be used depending on the layout of the site and the preference of the constructors.

The concrete should be poured more than the estimated quantity since the trench are never perfect.

Also it is important to note that the concrete can only be poured after the local council building authority has inspected and approved the trenches and mesh.

Conclusion:

There Are Very Many Strip Footing Designs For A Variety Of Building Projects Out There.

It is therefore important to make sure that you use the proper strip footing designs for your new building
project.



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