foundation fill, marker pegs

21 Feb 2011
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I need some advice about foundation fill. I don't know the exact depth/ width the foundations need to be as i'm at planing stages.
I have a few questions as to how i should tackle the whole task.

Do i have to fill the foundations with hardcore+ sand and then concrete fill on top of that?

As for wooden marker pegs used to level the concrete fill, do i leave in the foundation or do i pull them out once concrete has been laid?
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Footings concrete needs no hardcore or sand. Just make sure the bottom of the trench is scraped reasonably dry and clean. If neccesary dig a sump to drain water into and before the concrete is poured, chuck a couple of bags of cement and some broken bricks in to fill and soak up any remaining water.

Leave the pegs in, they won't hurt.
Do i have to fill the foundations with hardcore+ sand and then concrete fill on top of that?

No, no, no.

You need more than advice, you need to do some more learning as foundations are the most important part of the build and if you even thought of hardcoring them, then something is drastically wrong
Woody, i read it up reader's digest diy 2007, page 468, "its say's lay hardcore layer rammed down to form a firm bed for the concrete".
I too was a little incredulous about using hardcore, hence the reason i sought opinions on this matter.

Could this way be just another way of filling the foundations? I wont be filling in my trench's this way but it'd be good to know where this type of foundation is used if any?
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There are more than 200 pages? :eek:

That damn ebay seller rip-off merchant :evil:
Back on track, hardcore is used under a concrete slab, which could be a foundation in itself, but unlikely in your case.
The pegs can stay, tony robinson's great great great great grandson will marvel at them.

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