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.
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.
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.”
This is the footer deformed bar tied into the column.
This is the mold being built around the footer reinforcement prior to pouring.
Here is a shot of part of the footer after the mold came off and a starter row of
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
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”.
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.”