Let's see here...I'll start where I left off.
Digging new footings in a basement is dirty, dirty, dusty, dusty work and thank God I had another big burly nephew to help me out here. This big burly nephew is Tim Flanagan, ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITES! Tim helped me cut, dig, and haul out chunks of concrete. Lots of heavy bucket loads.
I used a rented concrete saw and small jackhammer to cut the concrete to the proper dimensions. I wanted nice straight lines cut into the concrete so when I jackhammered this out there wouldn’t be any traveling cracks. Tim was my main muscle and we took the chunks to ready them for recycling. I had to shovel and dig out the dirt (two holes, about 3ft by 3ft wide and a foot deep.) I laid in rebar in an 'H' pattern, and called for inspection.
Just a word on my nephews...
These guys rock, and I loved working with them! I have 23 nephews and nieces and I have always wanted to work with them. Jackson and Tim were the first two, and now that I'm on the east side of the States again I'm gonna try and put them all to work (and still remain #1 uncle!) I wonder if this is why they won't come visit?