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Old 03-12-2019, 04:22 PM   #1
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Greetings all

After 29 years of living in pre-owned homes my wife and I have decided to build our first new home. So please excuse the newby questions.

We are building on a one acre lot just outside the city limits.

Home is a single story at 3345 square feet plus about 1255 square feet in covered porches and 3 car garage.

We started the planning process with the builder back in Sept of 2018 and broke ground on Jan 28th.

The lot is on very expansive soil so we had a Geo-Technical engineering firm design our foundation. The beams were dug 4-5 feet deep below grade with a post tension slab design.

The slab pour completed this week. Took 23 cement trucks and 230 yards of concrete to complete the job.
Looked really nice until they removed the forms.

I almost freaked out when I saw them removing the forms by prying against the newly poured concrete slab. Once each board was removed they threw them on top of the slab nails and all doing a great job of scratching it. Also noticed that when some of the interior forms were removed a few of the recessed areas had chips and damage. And I can see form limes in the sidewalls of the foundation. I'm guessing this is normal and will be repaired in due time. Also noticed nails sticking out of the perimeter walls. Is that normal?

Would appreciate any comments.

The framing is supposed to start later this week once the rain subsides.

Thank you.
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Welcome to the forums. Post up some pictures and some of the well seasoned rock hound masons that are on here will tell you all you need to know.
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Are you in CO? I'd ask contractor to cut any nails and patch them. If left it is an entry point for water.
Scratching your newly poured slab is just poor workmanship.

No, you should not have nails sticking out of newly poured concrete.
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The nails are from where the hung rebar and wanted it to stay 2" from the face. If no one complains, there are ignored by most contractors. They should have been more careful with the slab unless they knew for sure what the finish was going to be. Chipped corners seems to be par for the coarse, you will always have some but good guys make every effort to avoid it.
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I see TX is in title. Colorado does post tensioned foundations a lot also.

You do not want ports of entry in your foundation (i.e. the nails). They need to cut them all off and patch to protect.
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they need to patch all the rebar and the nails...

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Thanks all. Appreciate the assistance.
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What is the recessed cut out going to be used for?

You may want to hire a professional inspector for the build during critical junctures. It may help keep things smooth with the builder as you go through the process as they can pinpoint critical items and help ease your mind on minor/inconsequential items.

Nice work getting the geo-engineering report. Lived in RR in the 80's and 90's and Central Texas soil can be quite tricky. Lots of cracked slabs and foundations that could have been prevented with proper soil testing!

Good luck with the build!
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What is the recessed cut out going to be used for?

You may want to hire a professional inspector for the build during critical junctures. It may help keep things smooth with the builder as you go through the process as they can pinpoint critical items and help ease your mind on minor/inconsequential items.

Nice work getting the geo-engineering report. Lived in RR in the 80's and 90's and Central Texas soil can be quite tricky. Lots of cracked slabs and foundations that could have been prevented with proper soil testing!

Good luck with the build!

Thank you. One of the recessed drop outs is for a large shower and the other three are for the two covered porches and garage.

The Geo-Tech company drilled down 30 feet and took frequent samples. Their engineers created the slab design. Outer beams are 5 feet deep. They used a mix of rebar and post tension cables plus 230 yards of concrete. I had the foundation inspected twice before pour and plan to do two more. Predrywall and final.
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Is it normal to see the wood form impressions in the walls of the slab? The slab varies from about one foot above grade to over two feet on the low side. The 2x6 outlines are very visible. We did not notice these on the model homes we toured. Were still waiting on the cables to be tensioned so I'm wondering if this is just part of the finishing process.
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Is it normal to see the wood form impressions in the walls of the slab? The slab varies from about one foot above grade to over two feet on the low side. The 2x6 outlines are very visible. We did not notice these on the model homes we toured. Were still waiting on the cables to be tensioned so I'm wondering if this is just part of the finishing process.
Not 100%, but I think the wood impressions wear down over time so you wouldn't notice it on older homes. How's the build coming?
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