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Solid Foundations, Inc., Bellevue, Ohio

We have jus completed our tenth year in business, and this one put us to the test,” said Daniel and Valerie Gore of Solid Foundations, Inc. located in Bellevue, Ohio. They were referring to a job on a home in Sandusky, Ohio, which but required 500 yards of concrete and 25 tons of steel.

“This job was by far the most complex residential foundation we have poured,” the Gores said.

Owned by a local attorney, the home in question has two lakefront views, one in front and one in the rear. There are over 700 running feet of walls, and the walls were poured in two pours.

One of the pours took 18 loads of concrete. Ten trucks were reserved by the concrete company and were “lined up on a narrow road” prior to the start of the pour. Eight trucks were flipped in order to reduce the chance of pour lines.

There was a waterstop in all of the walls, and the waterstop had to be placed in a keyway. The glue for this cost $150 per gallon.

“At one time we had 14 men on the job,” the Gores reported.

The design was unusual. There were numerous angled walls. There were interior walls that did not connect to exterior walls. The purpose of these walls is to support brick archways that lead into the rooms on the first floor.

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