I am thrilled by all the responses to my video! Thank you! However, In response to all the negative comments posted herein, please see the follow up videos where the block is complete and core filled. By not including the part where we drilled and installed the rebar with epxoy after the fact, it has apparently led to a lot of criticism. For that I apologize. I should have been more complete in describing our project. I will say however the foundation has not settled, or cracked after a year, and is (still) square, and level within 1/8″ So I would say that we did a fairly decent job considering the massive amount of ground heaving that is prevalent in this area. You can see follow up videos here; and here; As always, thanks for watching! and Oh, If your going to lambast my building skills, please have the cahoneys to post a link to something you have done, I would love to see it. Some of you don’t need to as it is obvious you are a skilled mason. But with regard to a lot of commenter’s here, I would guess they have no evidence they can show of their work. It takes a lot of guts to build your own house. Especially dealing with these tough building inspectors that are just as prejudiced as some of these commenter’s towards a DIY builder, but now they all talk about that “Fortress” being built in Portland TN by that “Macgyver” fellow. I don’t claim to be perfect, but I’m not afraid to put my work out there for your entertainment and critique either 🙂
Today we finished the first course of block in our foundation. We are using 12 inch block which is very heavy compared to the standard 8 inch block typically used in a foundation like ours. Needless to say we were wiped out! The first course takes the longest as your trying make sure everything is square and perfect. It will go faster as we progress to laying the higher courses.