BUILDING A SOLAR HOUSE IN FRANCE - CONSTRUCTION - WEEK 2 - foundations
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The centre line of the foundation trench is marked with white lime and this is the point where the foundation trench had to be dug with the pneumatic drill.
Most of the rest of the work on the foundations was done with the little Komatsu digger.
Francis Guinot handled this one also as if it was an extension of his own body.
The top trenches dug and the bottom ones being marked out in lime powder.
On the left a laser level; in the background a small mountain of topsoil and to the right a mound of tree roots to be taken away into the wood at the bottom of the site,
Some foundation trenches had to be drilled with the hydraulique attachment
27th November - Sunset at about 5 o clock - final trenches being dug.
Next morning - arrival of the readymix concrete lorry.
Final checking by Francis Guinot of the drawings before pouring
The big digger used as a crane swinging a hopper carrying half a cubic metre of concrete being tipped into a trench.
The "crane" bringing a pallet of foundation wall concrete blocks.
Foundations poured so dry that shuttering was not used. Steel rods projecting for vertical reinforcing of retaining walls.
Foundation walls being laid by Francis Guinot on black waterproofing mortar.
Finished foundation walls ready for stone hardcore and slab.
30th November - View through trees down into the valley of the Dronne which was shrouded in early morning fog.
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