A Few Photos Of Digging For The Foundation Footings

These photos of digging for the foundation footings for our retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand were actually taken on January 9th, 2011. The photos were uploaded a few days later after I had returned to U.K.

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Digging Holes For Foundation Footing 1 - Pakchong, Thailand Retirement House Build

As you can see in the phographs, the holes for the foundation footings are quite deep.

In fact, the soil report that I had commissioned specified the footings to be a 2 m below ground level. That makes quite a deep and narrow hole when the footing is only 1.2 m wide.

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Digging Holes For Foundation Footing 2 - Pakchong, Thailand Retirement House Build

The soil report that I mentioned above had identified a layer of silt as forming the ‘topsoil’ and up to a depth of 1 to 1.5 m. When saturated (i.e. very wet) silt becomes like quicksand and has no strength to support the weight of the house. Hence all footings had to be located on the next soil sublayer, which is clay.

Following an inspection of the holes made by the Thai labour it became apparent that the silt did not extend much below 0.5 to 1.0 m so I agreed with the builder that the footings could be located at 1.5 m below ground level, rather than 2 m, making digging the holes and pouring the footings concrete much easier.

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Digging Holes For Foundation Footing 3 - Pakchong, Thailand Retirement House Build

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Digging Holes For Foundation Footing 4 - Pakchong, Thailand Retirement House Build

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Digging Holes For Foundation Footing 5 - Pakchong, Thailand Retirement House Build



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