Day 5 was very productive!
Our backhoe driver started digging bright and early until they had a hole a bit bigger all around than it needed to be. They dug around the septic pipe; that will be moved later in the project to hug the walls, but for a while it will go right through the new garage/basement.
Digging near the old wall had to be done by hand to reach it and to get it just right. You want a straight dirt wall to build against, but you don’t want to dig under the current wall because its weight is on that dirt! After they had the hole how they wanted it, they put down gravel and laid down boards to create a frame for the footings.
There are no footings under the current basement wall. We don’t know if that was normal building practice of the late 70s, but what definitely isn’t up to standards is this end being only four inches under ground level. This isn’t sufficient at all which is why our builders needed to dig down a number of extra feet at this end — for the layperson, it looks like a very odd structure for the footings!
The footings were left to dry overnight; we were pretty amazed at the difference one day of work made!