[Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story; it provides an overview of foundation layout and describes the author’s technique for building footings. Next month the story continues with the completion of the stem walls.]While I was learning the trades in high school, the carpenters I worked with also built foundations; during one particularly busy period, we formed and poured 10 of them in a month and a half. We were working in a cul-de-sac, and would set up the footings for four houses at a time, then pour them all at once. It was tough work,...

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