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Avoiding Classic Cracks by William Lotz We recently saw a condo project in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where the foundations were poured with no reinforcement on uncompacted fill. And they asked why the foundation had settlement cracks! The condos were set back 75 feet from the lake on a slope. The lake side of the foundation was poured on the fill removed from the street side. The result was that the rear half of the foundation was on undisturbed soil and the front half was on noncompacted fill. In some buildings, the concrete foundations were poured on frozen soil. This, in itself, is rather stupid. Lawsuits worth about $500,000 are ending against the builder of the condos for a variety