First Concrete Piers

We started drilling today. Full production mode.

Drill with auger full of cuttings.

Drill with auger full of cuttings.

Back over the wall to drill deeper.

Drilling on the east wall.

Drilling on the east wall.

After the holes were drilled to a depth of 15 feet, the pumper truck arrived to get set up for the first pour.

Concrete pumper arrives and starts to set up.

Concrete pumper arrives and starts to set up.

Our soil engineer was present to inspected the maximum depth of each hole prior to placement of the rebar cage. The structural engineer had to verify that the rebar cage was positioned correctly in the hole prior to pouring of concrete.

Steve Duquette (Duquette Engineering) reviewing progress with Tim Newman (Bill Brown Construction).

Steve Duquette (Duquette Engineering) reviewing progress with Tim Newman (Bill Brown Construction).

The operations got a bit messy once the drill hit water and we had to use the casing with the tremie. You can see the first completed holes below.

First completed concrete piers on east side.

First completed concrete piers on east side.

The pump operator used a wireless console to control the pumping. This way, the operator could be positioned anywhere on the job site in order to manage the pumping operations.

Pumper operator with console.

Pumper operator with console.

Ready for tomorrow’s drilling.

You can see the 30 ft tremie in the foreground with the two 20 ft casings and the rebar cages in the background.

Tremie with casings and rebar cages.

Tremie with casings and rebar cages.

Oh, I did manage to pick up the Dodge RAM 1500 in Antioch today.

Dodge RAM 1500 odometer reading (159,677 miles).

Dodge RAM 1500 odometer reading (159,677 miles).

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