I like slabs as well, but plumbing has to be done right, period, exclamation point. I like slabs here because everywhere here there’s water 2’-8’ below ground. And if it’s 8’ , a wet spell will happen where it’s 2’ for a while. Properly poured walls, with proper drainage and good sump pumps can work. Power outages happen. The ice storm of 97 soaked tons of basements in NW Minnesota because they lost power for ten days. In the frozen north, rebar is mandatory, and everything here will crack. Period. Fiber doesn’t cut it. What cuts it is - cutting it. Yes I’ve had a little Cap’n Morgan and it’s only 1:00pm. Cutting lines per code eliminates the look of jagged cracks and creates the crack. I told the guys who poured my extremely out of square garage not to bother with cutting lines. But I personally tied the or re-tied all joints, made sure spacing was 18” OC, and that the perimeter and footing and curb was all solid. I also make sure that all bar is suspended in the concrete. Those little plastic rebar holders can top over easily if the guys pouring aren’t careful, so I watch like a hawk. If it tips over, I go grab it and pick it up. It cracked as soon as it got cold. They always do here, but with a decent perimeter all tied in and a grid of properly sized rebar, it can’t go anywhere. I will be shocked if the cracks ever open.
I can’t tell you how many slabs I’ve pulled up where the rebar is non-existent, or all rusted out in the dirt. The same with wire mesh.
One of these get togethers, I’ll get to meet a few of you. When you see how I walk, you’ll know I poured a few thousand yards.
I’m not saying this to diss Sunnbobbs comments about fiber. You have to know your zone. People who leave a house with a basement here unheated for a cold winter usually come back to cracked walls. Even 8’ down with good footings and rebar. Freezing ground is powerful and expands.
Whatever I suggest here should be given ample time for a moderator to delicately correct. I apologize in advance.
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