It’s an exciting week for Wilkins Contracting. We’re digging in the dirt! Our excavator has his equipment on the property and has started clearing the ground for the new custom home we’re preparing to build.
Prior to excavation, the builders take the plans, a laser transit and measuring tapes to stake out the ground. This is done to show the exact locations of where the house will be built. It will mark specific areas of the building, like where the garage attaches to the house, and any other details that designate areas for walls, plumbing, etc., and also the driveway or other roads around the house.
Last week, our excavator went to the site to dig test holes on the area that needs to be cleared. This gives him an idea of what is underground and what obstacles he may run into while digging. The land clearing equipment depends on the specific piece of ground they need to clear. If there are trees, they need to be removed. Depending on what’s under the ground’s surface (i.e., slate or large stones) will also determine what specific equipment is needed to clear the ground for building.
The excavator also pays close attention to how deep he is digging. They have to be careful not to go too deep…but they also have to be sure to dig deep enough. The laser transit is used to determine the correct depth.
After the bulk of the ground is cleared, the excavator will lay piping for french drains. Pea gravel is then spread throughout as substrate for the concrete.
Now we’re ready for walls to be delivered and the floor to be poured and we will talk about that in our next blog post.