Set the Footing Form in place
Once the holes are dug I level the frame and screw it to stakes.
And Max came by to inspect these holes and give his approval. Thanks Max.
A few bags of concrete are mixed and shovelled into each hole. And I realized I could have used less concrete if I levelled this spot better and placed the form frame closer to the ground. With less of a gap for the concrete to flow away.
For these small footings I use galvanized carriage bolts as the anchors. I’ll mark the center then push the bolts into the wet concrete.
Carriage Bolts as Anchors
The next day I’ll strip the forms by disassembling the entire frame. I could have poured a concrete pad for this instead of footings but I need to consider the sink drain.
Stripping the Concrete Forms
The sink will be for occasional summer use so I’ll drain it into a dry well below the bench. I dig a hole then line it with heavy landscape fabric.
Dry Well as a Sink Drain
I cut a hole in the bottom of a pail for the drain pipe. This is set in the hole and surrounded and covered with drain rock. The fabric is folded over and more drain rock holds it in place.
Later I shovelled in a layer of crushed stone where I removed the sod.