Building Process Video 8: Backfill and Compaction

The eighth step in the building process is backfilling underslab plumbing trenches. The concrete contractor takes of at this point in the construction process. They are responsible for backfill of trenches AND all the preslab preparations moving forward.

It is important that backfill of plumbing trenches is done with care. If waste lines and/or water lines are not protected during backfill, there is potential to cause leaks underneath the slab.


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Building Process 8: Backfill and Compaction

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BUILDING PROCESS VIDEOS: Steps 1-7

LOT PREPARATION 1
LOT PREPARATION 2: GRADING
CORNERSTAKING/FOOTING LAYOUT
FOOTING EXCAVATION
SETTING FORMS
UNDERSLAB PLUMBING I
UNDERSLAB PLUMBING II

BUILDING PROCESS VIDEOS: Steps 9-...

VAPOR BARRIER
INTERIOR FORMS
PRESLAB ELECTRICAL
SLAB REINFORCEMENT VIDEO
CONCRETE POUR
STRIPPING FORMS
LOT SPINOFF
FRAMING LAYOUT AND PLATE

STAY TUNED, MORE TO COME..



We will be continuing our Building Process Video Series for the next several months. The typical residential project takes 4-6 months, however, our Las Vegas Project is a 10,000 square foot custom home. It will take a total of 12 months to complete. While it may not be exactly what most owner builders are undertaking, it will demonstrate the building process that is common to all projects.

Remember, these videos are brief and fairly general. They are meant to familiarize owner builders with the building process. There is a lot of additional education and experience that an owner builder should seek out before starting their own project. As they say, knowledge is power.

Our goal is to show owner builders that a complicated, enormous custom home is built the in same way, using the same contractors, subcontractors, steps and materials, as the smaller, "simpler" projects that most of us plan to build. Of course, there will be unique challenges that may not apply to an individual's owner builder experience. They will, however, hopefully address another's issues.

I hope the videos are enjoyable and informative. I am still learning how to shoot and edit video. As time goes on, I will probably go back and re-edit some of the videos I have already done.

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