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Cost of a Pier Foundation | Barndominum Pier Foundation Step by Step | Tools + Supplies

Welcome back to the show, everyone! Today, we're diving into a detailed walkthrough of a footing job. If you've been following us, you know we've covered a lot of these projects before, but today's focus is on breaking down the footing job into a step-by-step process. We'll also discuss the essential tools and costs involved in setting up piers.

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Preparing for pier foundation


The first step involves laying out the corners of your building. In this case, we're working on a 40 by 72 structure. Setting string lines an inch and a half in on each side helps streamline the process. You'll need tape measures, orange marking paint, long nails, or structural legs for this phase. Using a construction calculator for diagonal measurements ensures accuracy.

Batter Boards:

How to put up batter boards

Next, setting up batter boards is crucial. Two boards at 90 degrees work well, making it manageable, especially if you're working alone. Ensuring these boards are level is essential, and using a laser level simplifies the task.

Setting Up String Lines:

String lines are pivotal for maintaining straight lines during the entire process. Keeping them in place helps with accurate measurements and avoids discrepancies.

Drilling Holes for Piers:

drilling holes for piers

Drilling holes for piers is where a skid steer and auger come into play. Renting these tools for a day can cost around $500, making the process efficient. Using an 18-inch auger and going 54 inches deep is the recommended approach.

Forming and Pouring Piers:

Using cut-down Sono tubes or obtaining free metal tubes from a supplier, the holes are formed. Pouring concrete into these holes is done based on the calculated amount needed for each pier. Having a concrete bucket attachment for a skid steer aids in efficiently delivering concrete to each hole.

Setting Brackets:

Setting wet-set brackets

Choosing the right brackets depends on the type of column used. Commonly used brackets include SWP63 for 2x6 three-ply columns, SWP64 for 2x6 four-ply columns (for structures 16 feet and higher), SWP66 for 6x6 porch posts, and SW60 for dry-set universal brackets.

Cost Breakdown:

A skid steer and auger rental, along with the materials needed for piers, contribute to the overall cost. In conclusion, we've covered the entire process of setting up piers for your building project. Make sure to subscribe, share our content, and stay tuned for more informative sessions. We appreciate your support, and we'll catch you on the next episode!

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