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Wall Footers: A House In The Philippines

Workmen building a concrete form for our wall footers.
This is another installment of the series on designing and building a house in the Philippines. An index to all of the posts in this series can be found here: House Build Philippines: Index. We also built a concrete hollow block perimeter fence. The index to all of the posts in that series can be found here: Perimeter Fence Philippines: Index

Wall Footers Go In

After the trenches were dug, the padugo ceremony observed, and the column footers were cast, it was time to start on the wall footers.

Part of the drawn plan for our concrete wall columns.

The footer trenches for the walls were only a couple of feet deep. The wall footer deformed bar reinforcements tied into the columns which were deeper. The design was the same as the architect planned for our wall. The photo above is from our wall plan. The columns are at 1.2 meters deep.

A gravel-filled trench dug for our wall footers.

The workers put gravel on the bottom of the trench, like at the bottom of the column holes. Both the concrete fence and the house columns and walls were supposed to sit on four inches of compacted gravel. They weren’t. “It’s okay,” both contractors said. “It’s overkill.”

The footer steel reinforcement for the footer tied into the reinforcement for a column.

This is the footer deformed bar tied into the column.

A partial wooden form built around the steel footer reinforcement bar.

This is the mold being built around the footer reinforcement prior to pouring.

Part of our house concrete footer poured and started with concrete hollow block.

Here is a shot of part of the footer after the mold came off and a starter row of concrete hollow block was on. You can see that there’s quite a slathering of concrete mortar under that first row of blocks.

This is a constant in Philippine construction: if the footer isn’t at the correct height, correct it with mortar. Concrete, of course, is different from mortar. Concrete has a percentage of gravel in it to give locking strength. “It’s okay, it’s how we do it.”

Poured concrete footer with a mortar slathered on top to bring it up to height.

Here’s a good shot of what I was talking about in the last photo. That’s about four inches of mortar and a half-row of broken concrete hollow block used to bring the footer up to height.

The walls that will eventually go up will get a mortar finish on both faces (interior and exterior). Everything will look smooth in the end. You’ll learn quickly that if it looks good at the end here in the Philippines, it’s “right”.

Drowned Columns

I’ll leave off here in our house build saga with a photo that I’ll never get over: one of our recently poured house column footers drowning in rainwater. “It’s okay. It’ll be all right.”

One of our poured column footers drowning in its hole, filled with rainwater.
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