[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]A requirement of the foundation design for the house is to establish the soil type and bearing capacity of it to allow the structural engineer to design a suitable slab and sub base for it. A small rig was brought to site to undertake a ground bearing test by driving a hole into the ground down to 4 meters, and to also bring samples of the soil up to the surface for visual inspection and collection for lab testing.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]Operating the mini piling rig[/fusion_text][fusion_text]I was fully expecting to find rock chalk at about 1.5 meters as this is what we have at the top of the garden. I came as quite a surprise to find silty chalk with blue clay beneath it. Our plot is at the bottom of the valley where sediment must have formed.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]Core sample from below ground[/fusion_text][fusion_text]The soil was taken away for analysis to test its plasticity as this could have major consequences for the type of foundation design.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”single solid” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”30″ sep_color=”#b2b2b2″ border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]Divining for underground cables[/fusion_text][fusion_text]It came as quite a shock to see bent coat hangers being used to check for underground cables and pipes. I am not sure I would rely on it 100% but he did find my underground mains power cable and also water connection to the house.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]