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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #25 on: Dec 07, 2016, 11:04:02 PM »
well that stinks!
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #26 on: Dec 08, 2016, 07:24:10 AM »
The importance of footers when dealing with mother nature.

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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #27 on: Dec 09, 2016, 08:47:48 AM »
Yep, I just didn't think about what would happen if we got rain in those amounts that fast.  It just didn't register that the loose soil that we used to fill in the void after the back stop was built would be that strong.  If we get it fixed, I plan to sink some 4x4 at various places to keep this from happening again as I may have to periodically replace some of the soil as it compacts and don't want to have the same thing happen.

It's supposed to be cold this weekend so I'm not sure I will get much done on this repair.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #28 on: Dec 09, 2016, 10:32:09 AM »
Keep warm and safe, Jim.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #29 on: Dec 12, 2016, 02:17:16 PM »
Here are the pics of how Hurricane Matthew moved the ties.  I'm really glad I pinned them as it may have moved them further if I hadn't.



It's supposed to be straight across the back and was when we finished it.



That's inside where the dirt moved down.  I'll have to remove about 12 inches to get the cross ties back up on the blocks.  I will need to get it done in between the rain too as once I start I don't want it to wash back in what I dig out.  I need about 2 weeks of no rain but of course it's raining about every other day now!
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #30 on: Dec 12, 2016, 02:37:53 PM »
I hope you get the dry spell you need, Jim.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #31 on: Dec 14, 2016, 08:00:37 AM »
How far down do you plan to sink the 4x4?  Here they require footers be 4 feet down which surprised me because that is deeper than where I come from.  But I've seen brick posts that were properly seated doing the "leaning tower of pizza" so I'm a believer.  Although it could have been an 18-wheeler truck rather than mother nature.

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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #32 on: Dec 14, 2016, 02:02:42 PM »
At least 3 feet.  I plan to put it in concrete as well.  Keep in mind this is not a structure so building codes do not apply.  Also I may not use 4x4.  My neighbor thinks a metal rod in concrete might even be better and less work. 

It keeps raining so I haven't had an opportunity to get anything done on this yet.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #33 on: Dec 14, 2016, 08:27:14 PM »
i'm inclined to agree about the metal rod.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #34 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:57:30 PM »
I agree. A metal fence post is a much better thing and not subject to rot.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #35 on: Dec 15, 2016, 07:13:22 AM »
I wasn't thinking about codes as "have to's," more as guidelines for what might work best.  But then I was the accountant at the General Contractors not a builder. 

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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #36 on: Dec 15, 2016, 09:54:53 AM »
The hefty metal fence post was my first thought too.  Just hope I can get it deep enough so that it will stand the pressure if we get a heavy rain again.  I already know I will have to add some more soil as it all settles so I need to make sure I don't have to keep fixing it.

It don't get nearly as cold here Tammy as it does there and it don't stay cold very long either.  I think they say the "frost line" here is about 2 feet and that's the approved depth for any footers.
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Re: Jim and Dianna's Shooting Range Build (lots of photos)
« Reply #37 on: Jan 30, 2017, 11:00:08 PM »
Very nice.