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Old 12-16-2008, 09:05 AM   #1
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Footer for screened in porch


Adding on a 16' x 16' screened porch. To match the existing look of the home, I'm putting an 18 inch brick veneer knee wall up around the outside, siding on top of that.
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I was hoping to pour the footer and slab in one pour. Is there a way to do that and still have a brick ledge on the pour? There's a little bit of fall to the ground slope, so the slab floor might be a foot above the ground at one point.

Not sure I explained very clearly.

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Sure. Dig a trench footing to the appropriate frost depth for your area and to the appropriate width for your soil conditions. Add a few inches of gravel under the slab to level the area and to provide a good base. Install 2x dimension lumber forms to form the edge of the slab above the trench footing, and use lumber to block out for the brick ledge. Be sure to spray form release oil on the wood forms. Install vertical rebar from the footing bent at 90 degrees into the slab at least every couple feet, and tie them into the slab's reinforcement. Don't forget to reinforce that footing horizontally as well. Check local requirements for footing depth, width, and reinforcement standards. Pouring monolithically is no problem at all.

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KC,
I understand "most" of what you're talking about. I do better with visuals. Do you have the means to do a little sketch, scan it and email an attachment? Or, fax a sketch? The part that I'm not visualizing is where you have a slope in the ground. I'm familiar with step footers so I'm guessing the brick ledge would have to step down to stay on a level with the ground. Just not sure how that would be formed? Sorry to be "dense" here. I really appreciate your effort though.
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