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Old 11-29-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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Ok lets start out this way. I live in Oklahoma county in Oklahoma. I am looking for any info on what I need to know on putting in a new home foundation. Around here all the homes seem to be put on slabs, but I am looking for the most cost effective, but still a good strong foundation.

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Are you looking for information so you can install the foundation yourself? If not, perhaps you should check with a few contractors in the are who install foundations.

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No I was planing on doing the work my self. I am from Michigan and used to building on basements. But out here in Oklahoma they do things different. I wood like to put in a basement, but I heard it's not the best way to go about it. But I wonder if I have to go slab, or if I can go with a footing and block to make a crawl space.

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Oklahoma is an area with moderate incidence of expansive soils. See http://geology.com/articles/expansive-soil.shtml for a general map of expansive soils. If you are building in an area with expansive soils, you must use specialized foundation techniques to minimize the potential for potentially damaging foundation problems.

Specific possible techniques include post tensioned slabs, pile foundations, and moisture controlled foundations. Some of these techniques are well beyond the capability of the average DIY to correctly and safely construct.

I suggest you get in contact with a local foundation company, or perhaps an engineering firm that specializes in foundations, and discuss alternatives with them. Unless you have considerable training, you are not going to be able to tell if you are in an area of swelling soils, you will need professional help to make that determination.
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