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Old 05-16-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Digging Footers after Heavey Rain


So its raining right now and it's been raining all day. It's supposed to stop sometime tonight around 10 p.m. It also rained (fairly heavily) earlier this week. I had originally planned on digging the footers (12" x 36") tomorrow morning (probably around 10 a.m.). My question is, will this be a problem in light of all the rain recently? Will I dig down one foot and hit water?? Thanks,

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PS - I just noticed that I spelled "heavy" wrong in the title but I can't edit it

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How far below the existing level and what kind of soil?

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How far below the existing level and what kind of soil?
The holes will need to be 36" deep and the soil is a lot of sand (I live in New Jersey).
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It is never good to pour on saturated soil if you can avoid it. Working in sandy soil is probably better than clay soil.

Water won't do much to affect the concrete itself. Concrete would cure just fine underwater if it had to, because it is a chemical process that doesn't require airflow.

I'd advocate waiting until conditions are a little drier if you can, just to make sure you're pouring on dry, stable soil.
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It is never good to pour on saturated soil if you can avoid it. Working in sandy soil is probably better than clay soil.

Water won't do much to affect the concrete itself. Concrete would cure just fine underwater if it had to, because it is a chemical process that doesn't require airflow.

I'd advocate waiting until conditions are a little drier if you can, just to make sure you're pouring on dry, stable soil.
I'll only be digging the footings tomorrow, then I have to wait for the building inspector to come before I can pour the footings. I'll keep that in mind however, once I go to do the pouring.
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