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The Excrutiating Art of Patience

By Charlene Benson May 31, 2016

The Excrutiating Art of Patience

Ok.  Well patience may or may not be an art.  At this point, excrutiating is definitely correct.  Everything seems to be happening at a snail’s pace.  Before I get ahead of myself, let me catch you up on what has transpired since my last post.

After the well was drilled, it started raining.  This really put a damper on things.  They couldn’t get onto the lot without getting stuck so we waited for 9 days before they were able to do the septic and it was still pretty wet.  They got the septic in and got started on the base for the foundation.


The septic system is what they call an aerobic treatment system.  Wikipedia states, "An aerobic treatment system or ATS, often called (incorrectly) an aerobic septic system, is a small scale sewage treatment system similar to a septic tank system, but which uses an aerobic process for digestion rather than just the anaerobic process used in septic systems. These systems are commonly found in rural areas where public sewers are not available, and may be used for a single residence or for a small group of homes. Unlike the traditional septic system, the aerobic treatment system produces a high quality secondary effluent, which can be sterilized and used for surface irrigation. This allows much greater flexibility in the placement of the leach field, as well as cutting the required size of the leach field by as much as half."

We have some learning to do on caring for this septic system as well as caring for the water well.  I grew up in the country but I never dealt with these things.  As a child these things were just taken care of.  Never gave a thought to it until the septic backed up (stinky nasty!) and the law came down from on high (my dad) and we were limited in what we could and could not do with regards to water and baths and toilets.  We had milk jugs filled with water for the days when the electricity went out, which meant that there was also no water to drink or flush toilets or take baths until it came back on.  On those days you made yourself very scarce because dad was not a happy camper.  Memories!

The Foundation

The foundation is probably one of the most important parts of preparing your land to receive your house.  This is another decision that you are required to make that can make a significant difference in the future.  There are several types of pads to choose from. 

There is the basic gravel or dirt pad.  This pad is more likely to require releveling of your home after a few years since the wet, dry, heat and cold of the weather will cause the ground to contract and expand. 

There are concrete runners.  This type pad is used for the support of major areas underneath the home.  It does not completely cover underneath the house.  It uses less concrete and is less expensive. than the full concrete pad. 

The third is a full slab which covers the entire area underneath the house. 

I believe there are some other types of pads that are not used much because they are much more expensive.

Another decision made...Forrest and I chose to go with the concrete runners.

Our General Contractor was able to squeeze in (between rainy days) to get the pad area dug out down to the clay and the base material trucked in to get the base set up.  He said it was good that there was some rain in the forecast because that helps the newly set base to settle and compact.

The forms were constructed and the concrete scheduled for pouring.  The termite treatment of the ground was done prior to the pour and a pre-pour inspection was done.  It was just a little bit wet. (Note the sarcasm.) The concrete trucks kept getting stuck.  It was decided that they would use the bulldozer and fill the bucket with concrete making multiple trips to fill the forms until it was done.  Took them many hours.  And as you can see from the pictures, the trucks left their mark...

But it was finally done!  Yay!  Now the concrete needed to cure.  I was reading up on concrete and did you know that concrete does not dry...it cures.  Yup.  Apparently it never dries but cures and cures and cures.  This is why the older concrete it is, the harder it gets.  Anyway, we had to let the concrete cure before we could move the home onto it.

And once again...we wait...