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Old 06-19-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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How to proceed with footer and cold joint

I saw this yesterday (see attachment). Looks like they ran out of concrete for this interior footer. This footer is for one of the walls of the staircase that goes down to the basement (rambler with a basement). There is rebar in it, but I'm worried about the area where the concrete isn't filled all the way to the top in the bottom half of the footer. I really hope they don't just fill this in with concrete. The area with the rebar hopefully would be fine, but it's the whole bottom half, where the concrete would just be floating on top that bothers me. It looks like only about 4" thick, and I'm sure would break under load. Any thoughts? I know I need to talk to my contractor, but want some suggestions of what to do. Just redo the whole footer? Thanks.Name:  photo (1).JPG
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #2
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"Wholes" and "half-ways" and bottom and top portions don't really say too much. You might want to get down in the trench with a tape measure so you can more accurately know exactly where the rebar is, (and is not), so the contractor can realistically talk with you about it.

But I CAN tell you one thing......... That long, sloping 6' taper is NOT an effective "cold Joint".

Considering the intent of the footing, I guess it won't really hurt anything, but they honestly should spend some time learning how a cold joint should be prepared.


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No way would that footing fly in this area, not deep enough. Looks like there just poring it on top of the grade.
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how far's the nearest apron/vest store, fergawdsake ? oh well, diamond sawcut the footer & chip all that crap out saving the existing rebar,,, then drill lateral holes & add some more horizontal tie bars,,, that should pass insp ok
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