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I am planning to build a post-framed garage, and am starting to level the site. History being my guide, I am thinking I may not have the thing done before the snow flies (which could be November here in upstate NY).

I remember from helping a friend with concrete projects that concrete should be poured over compacted crusher run, over either virgin scraped earth, or compacted earth.

I may ultimately just leave the floor of this building as crushed stone, and skip the concrete. But I am assuming the same principle applies: that the earth underneath needs to be compacted or freshly scraped.

What happens if I just get the site scraped, and perhaps the crusher stone down, and then the project sits until I can get back to it in the spring? Will a long wet winter mess up my pad?

Thanks for any useful advice.

Dave
 

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It would not bother me. The extra sitting time will settle it more.
In the effort of full disclosure....most of these guys have forgotten more about concrete than I will ever know.

Trust one of these rockhounds way more than me.
 

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As long as there has been no concrete poured, I would allow it to be exposed for the winter but would expect to be levelling and compacting it in the Spring before I poured.

Exposed footings tend to frost heave if left exposed over the winter especially if there is water in the hole.
 

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only if you're in plattsburgh or malone will that be an issue,,, otherwise, leave it alone & don't worry til spring
 

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What happens if I just get the site scraped, and perhaps the crusher stone down, and then the project sits until I can get back to it in the spring? Will a long wet winter mess up my pad?
Ayuh,..... That Depends,.....

If it is properly Drained, so any water can't perk down into the sub-soils,....
No Problem,.....

If ya dig a Hole that don't self-drain, then fill it 1/2 fulla crushed stone,....
It'll fill with water which will perk down creatin' a quagmire of snot that'll probably never tighten up,....

The pad don't need much pitch, but it's Gotta self-drain in the condition ya leave it,...

The Golden Rule for diggin' in the dirt is,....
If ya open a hole, fill it with something, before the next rain,....
Preferably, the same day,....
 

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Thanks for the replies.

I'm hoping that since I'm not digging down too much, a foot or so at the back, and level at the front, I won't get much of a pond effect. It does take a while to drain off in the spring in some parts of my lot.

Dave
 
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