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Building a Strong Foundation

A building foundation is the most critical part of constructing a building. The long-term stability of the foundation will determine whether the building that is built above it will last for years.

FoundationBuilding a foundation requires an accurate survey, engineering, government permits and inspections. Contractors will also use several types of construction equipment to accurately dig and lay the foundation so that it parallels with the architectural design and the engineering requirements.

A dozer, such as a John Deere 650K, is used to clear the land and to dig out an area where the foundation will be laid and the level the foundation area. When operating in a confined area, a skid steer loader, such as a Bobcat S175, may be used to clear and level the foundation area.

Depending on the foundation’s size and depth; an excavator, such as a Doosan DX140LC-3 or Kobelco SK210LC-9; a mini-excavator, such as an IHI 35N-3; or a backhoe, such as a John Deere 310, will be used to excavate the foundation’s footings.

Walk-behind and ride-on trenchers, such as a Vermeer RT100 or Ditchwitch RT45-1; or narrow-bucket mini-excavators are used to cut trenches inside the foundation for electrical conduits and plumbing pipes.

A compact rammer, such as a Multiquip MTX70HD, is used to compact the soil in the footer trenches, as well as to compact soil from filled in plumbing and electrical trenches. When compacting a large area, a roller, such as a Hamm H71, is used to compact and reinforce the stability of the foundation’s soil.

For more information about renting equipment that can be used to build a foundation, visit, or call 888-709-NEFF.

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