Laying block in the foundation




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.

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29 Comments

  1. zx8401ztv
    November 11, 2013
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    Smashing job mate 🙂

    I understand your method, build it really well so it never moves.

    Forgive me for my lack of knowledge, what are you doing to stop the damp creaping up the blocks into the walls? a special damp course like a brick house has??

  2. Mac Gyvers Workshop
    November 11, 2013
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     Hi there zx8401ztv! In our case we really won't need to do anything since I have the curtain drain surrounding the entire homesite. Plus the block only comes up to the bottom of the floor. There is a gasket of sorts that lays on the top of the block under the wood sill plate to stop any dampness from creeping up into the wood floor. If it were a basement type of house then I would have to coat the outside of the block with a tar like sealant to prevent any moisture from creeping through the block wall.

  3. STEVE JONES
    November 11, 2013
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    looking good man cant wait to see it all done 

  4. I Don't Polojize
    November 11, 2013
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    Looking so far Michael

  5. obieezx11
    November 11, 2013
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    if you filled the bricks with saw dust the insid temp behind those sawbust filled bricks would make it as cool as a fridgie in summer and warm in winter dad was a bricky and a builder as a jod and he used saw dust in ppl bricks it will be srong enough with out filling them with conreat put morre concreat on the ends of the bricks than puting concreatte in the bricks inted of just cementing those small area on the bricks smether the hole serfase of the brick same with the won your joining it to dad would nevr biuld the brick wall only joining thos brickc with haRDLY much cement on it join them properly and the will be srong as  fuck and you can fill it with sawdust and when its hot as hell you can go in the crall space and freeze

  6. obieezx11
    November 11, 2013
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    did you put cement under the first layer of bricks and how manny cement do you put per sand do or did you use lime in the mix 

  7. obieezx11
    November 11, 2013
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    in australia they fixed that problem by were the house would be they would dig it down about 2 feet and stack side by side then they would poor concreat on the boxes and smooth it out like you do a normal house floor then build your self a normal strenth  house and the ground can move all it likes your homes concreat  wont crack ever eather will the walls seriously man your goto stop thinking americans are the smartest in the world you have the net reserch this stuff befor you do it all you had to do is google it the way your doing it if you ever get a quake or somethihg what your got will still crack a wall but if you just did it the aussie way you still wouldent find anything cracking

  8. obieezx11
    November 11, 2013
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    shit that is heaps dad used to put 10 of sand to 2 full shuvels of cement and won of lime to keep the salt and water shit out of it and a splash of this liqude and mix it if you did it the aussie way it will withstand any movment in the slap so the house could be made normal streth and with that would have cost half of what it is funny how such an easy thing stopps all movment in your house

  9. obieezx11
    November 12, 2013
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    YES THE INSPECTORS CAN BE ASSHOLES. MY BROTHER AND RESENTLY MY SISTER BUILT HOUSES USEING THIS METHED THE IDEA IS IF THE GROUND MOVES IN ANY MANNER IT ALOWS THE HOUSE TO MOVE WITH OUT CRACKING AND FALLING APART ALL HOUSES HERE AARE NOW BUILT THIS WAY IVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING BUILT THIS WAY WITH CRACKS IN THE WALLS OR CONCREAT MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO SOME RESERCH ON IT AND BRING THE IDEA TO AMERICA 

  10. bwaldy1
    April 25, 2014
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    Very nice

  11. Glenn Winston
    February 14, 2015
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    Hey Mac Gyver! ( IF),, you need any add vice,, call me. I know everything about everything and specialize in everything! Like I say, that add vice is free!

  12. arima44
    March 5, 2015
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    what are the dimensions for this build? Looks Huge!

  13. obieezx11
    May 23, 2015
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    MY DAD WAS A BRICK LAYER AND I USED TO WORK WITH HIM WHO EVER SAID U DONT PUT SAND IN THE MIX IS A WANKER MAC.
    DAD USED TO FILL THE BRIX WITH SAND MAD IT STRON AND ALSO ACTED AS A COOLER IN SUMMER AND A HEATER IN WINTER.

    BUY THE WAY I SPOKE TO MY MATE ABOUT THE RACEING PIGION HE TOLD ME WON BRASLET IS ELECTRONIC TO TAKE THE TIME IT TOOK AND WERE HE WAS FROM AND ON THE OTHER LEG IS THE OWNERS PHONE NUMBER YOU SHOULD HAVE PICKED IT UP AND READ IT U COULD HAVE RANG THE OWNER AND TOLD HIM HE STOPPED BY

  14. brickit26
    January 22, 2016
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    12's in a ditch, get sum dude….. advil

  15. Bodington Family
    May 29, 2016
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    Very Interesting, Is this common method in America, laying block foundation, In South Africa we lay the foundation with wet cement and reinforced rebar in on go, essentially making the entire foundation one steel reinforced block.

  16. John Smith
    August 19, 2016
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    Why is the block laid on the edge of the footer instead of center?

  17. semployées doiveselavi
    September 18, 2016
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    I imagine if the square concrete were in triangle form with the litle spacer in the edges, the built will be faster and easier

  18. Lok-Itt Steering Column Lock Dealer
    October 4, 2016
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    Question: do you just put the block directly on the dirt? Or is there some material under the first block?

  19. Reg Ru
    October 12, 2016
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    hey smartass where is the rebar underneath

  20. COZMICTOM
    November 18, 2016
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    HI …CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD YOU SUGGEST THE SIZE OF THE FOOTING SHOULD BE FOR A CINDER BLOCK WALL 8 X 8 ? I LIVE WAY IN THE BOONIES BUILDING COULD IS VERY LENIENT THANK YOU

  21. JJ García Rühland
    December 8, 2016
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    Contractors and Homeowners: I can't stress enough the importance of getting a soils report before placing a foundation. Soil preparation for a foundation is the most important step in foundation construction. If your soil strength is low, it won't matter on hoe well the concrete foundation is constructed; the house will experience differential settlement – a costly mistake.

  22. guintube
    February 16, 2017
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    I was wondering why vertical re bar is not used going up through the wall. Is it not necessary? thanks

  23. evelyn vargas
    February 23, 2017
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  24. dalepres1
    April 15, 2017
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    What's with the cut blocks in the corner at about 1:05? I've never seen anything like that done. The step between one course and the next should be a half-block – created by overlapping blocks turned opposite around the corner, not what looks to be 1/4 block, created by cutting blocks.

  25. dalepres1
    April 15, 2017
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    Just curious. Where in any masonry engineering guide or book or industry standard or building code did you find something that suggested using concrete as fill rather than grout?

  26. mar1video
    May 2, 2017
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    Overkill that will last forever ! That's what I'm talking about !
    👍

  27. Nana Obi
    May 13, 2017
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    Question- JUDY watched your video and wondering- do you bury the blocks with sand leaving the top and continue to build on it? Thanks in advance

  28. martiebaby
    October 23, 2017
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    Thanks for the video. Very helpful. Just want to remind you that there is no such word as heighth. It's height. T is the last letter. So it's pronounced with a hard t on the end. Like hite. It's a common mistake, but one that makes me crazy. 🙂

  29. Oh Jenni
    November 13, 2017
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    Length and width of that?

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