A few days ago, John started working at the front of the house. The front stoop and walkway is the next project.
The temporary framing that was supporting the barrel front porch was actually right where the footing for the new front stoop needed to be dug so John moved the posts another 3 feet. He also added two 2x4x16 diagonals to prevent the posts from kicking out.
He marked the new footing location with purple spray paint before digging.
He also broke up part of the concrete walkway; the broken (recycled) concrete will be used later to fill the trench footings (less bags of concrete will be purchased).
John hung a plumb line from the double 2×10/porch straight down to ground.
While John dug the footing, he used heavy duty recycling buckets to hold the dirt. When each bucket weighed about 75lbs, he dumped them into larger buckets that were in the back of his pick up truck. The larger bucket(s) weighed about 600lbs each with dirt and stone.
He pulled each bucket off his truck, rolled it on the ground and stored them for later use (backfill and grading the backyard).
From the outside of the double 2×10, John used a 1 1/4″ sheetrock screw in-between two 2x10s. For a plumb line, he attached an adjustable wrench to the end of string one inch from the ground.
Hanging the plumb line(s) gave John the exact location on the ground so that he knew where to spray the paint and begin digging.
He did the same on the right side.
Before swinging the pick axe, John scraped along the paint line a couple of inches. He used a shale bar and spade shovel too. The spade shovel scrapes the sides of the footing trench clean.
When digging holes, you can use a PHD. We have too much shale so a PHD will not work.
The footings have to be 3 feet deep.
Measure depth as you go!