Arg, this lap top likes to accidentally pretend I hit a back button when I didn't.
I'll tell the short version of my last 2 weeks. My project involves digging 27 footings for 4 triple 2x10 beams for my 93 year old house that has no foundation. Before the week started, I had 9 footings poured and 6 more ready to pour (dug, forms set, inspection completed).
During week 1 I cleared obstructions for 3 more footings. During week 2 I dug those 3 footings (see picture showing 5 gallon buckets containing the dirt for 1 whole footing excavation), had them inspected and mixed and poured 64 bags of concrete.
Since I had 9 footings ready to pour I decided to rent a mixer. I intended to try to go through 72 bags, but 64 was enough for me in a 24 hour period working by myself, hauling mixed concrete into a crawlspace 1 5 gallon bucket at a time.
I also included a photo showing the hole dug for footing #4 of beam #1. The forms are not yet in place. The other 2 holes will be on the other side of the plumbing shown on the right, and are considerably harder to access.
Please do NOT consider any "before" picture of my house as any kind of endorsement of any particular construction method. In fact, you should probably assume that if I post a "before" picture, I am posting it because I am soliciting advice on a proper replacement for one of MANY things done wrong by a previous owner.
Of anyone, I can appreciate what your going through......oh boy....what a project.....
I went through something similar when I was doing the foundation for my 2-story addition...I had to pour 2 footings and 4 girders under my existing house....but I used a pumper to get the concrete in....but I still feel your pain....and my body still achs from mine....so will yours.
Keep us posted with the pics....interesting project.
Even if you are on the right track, you will still get run over if you just sit there.