How to Build a Garage #1 – Layout and Concrete Piers

How to Build a Garage #1 – Layout and Concrete Piers

What’s up guys so I am going to be starting We are going to be starting a 30 by 40 garage and this is a residential garage It’s gonna be 12 foot tall and it’s gonna have a 16 foot door in the front what I would say is probably the most common residential garage out there and Small enough to be built by just about anybody What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna try to this build series. You’re gonna want to follow along you’re gonna want to subscribe I’m gonna try to take you through step by step what it takes to put this up And hopefully you’ll be able to do this yourself if you want to if you’re not my area if you’re in my area You know, hopefully you give me a call. Let me build it for you first thing that I got to do when we show up site is Logistically, we’ve got to make sure everything is where we want it and get prepared a site that is basically a jumbled up mess You just start off on the wrong foot. We don’t have a ton of room I mean, you know typically if you’re out in a farm You know out the middle of a field you got all sorts of room to put stuff everywhere But this is our site. We’ve got a 30 by 40. I don’t probably need the 33 94 mega deck but You know, I’m gonna use it. Anyway, all this material got dropped by my supplier Now we’ve got to put it in a spot get it out of our way So that we can start cutting it up. So we lay out this building and get it dug in so one of the first things that we’re going to do is we’re going to find in our layout our constant line and so what the customers requested back here is they’ve got a porch off the house that they want us to square the back or Run our back of our wall parallel with so what we’re doing back here is we’re getting a string line Attached to that porch and then we ran it Parallel to that porch to determine where the back of our building is And once we have that line to find that will be your constant line that you won’t move Throughout the process of getting your building laid out and square Pretty old-fashioned way of doing our setup we use jet Stakes so you can see this nail right down here. That is our loose location that was defined Based on running a parallel line off of this porch You can see the string sitting there. This is the location the customer already determined where they wanted to start the building over here There was a post here a little stick So we measured over our 30 foot on this string line to determine that point so this line will stay here and we’ll use that to determine the Front two corners up here and we’ll do that by pulling some tapes Both on the walls and across the diagonal. Okay. So what we’ve done is we use that back line as our constant we then basically used Two nails on the ground to find a square dimension Which is this nail that we got on the ground right here? And then all we’re gonna do temporarily is put our string lines Visually over that nail to get it close enough that we can then pull out our tapes and get exact dimensions on these strings Gregor you looped down there. Yeah, okay Little over-under not Okay There’s that and then let’s pull Let’s go ahead and pull then Greg gonna pull the tape off Yeah, but you don’t have a 39 Niner, right? Yep So we’re just pulling off of that mark down there, this is a 39-foot nine to mention He’s burning me a foot, which means I’m gonna mark 40 foot nine inch And we’re all set a nail You got enough over there Zack if I put a loop Do it a little tug, okay All right, we just got everything laid down we got our marks all on the ground So now the fun part busting out the Kubota to do some digging What I always have Greg do is he goes around with the level and that level? Not only oops that level not only determines to be perfectly underneath that string line but also the distance of it so that like two and a half inches of level keeps our whole Center so that our bracket when it sits center of The peer if that makes sense So when the bracket is in the center of the peer on the center of the hole It should be on the edge of that string line that make sense Greg. I think it does Yeah, you’ve done it a lot of time. So the more time that you spend in the setup stage You know the layout the thought process the more time you spend there. Don’t get in a hurry the better The end result will be guaranteed All right, we got the holes dug and now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna go around And we’re gonna take what we call crummers or like a clamshell Shovel, and we’re gonna clean out all that loose dirt that’s down in the bottom I know in some of the videos you see us kick the dirt back in that’s really just to clean around the hole Instead of having to shovel it over to the pile. We let the auger do the work so you can kind of see here Getting a little bit of moisture down there in the bottom we have had a bunch of rain in the last couple days But goal is to get these cleaned out as much as possible well look at that That was cool, huh? We’re right by an airport, so we’re gonna have planes flying over us It’s a big I think it’s a FedEx UPS terminal big one. So there’s always 747s coming in so that’s kind of cool. We got the Stabila rotary laser set up We’re gonna go around now, we’re gonna set all of our tubes in their locations and get them to grade So when I say sonotubes these are what I’m talking about. They’re really that’s just a generic name These are actually coil inserts 40 inch by 20 inch 20 inch diameter 40 inches tall and we cut these down just to form the top of our sonotube and make the top a little bit smaller than the bottom of the hole and these come from Metal suppliers. So these are Basically, I don’t pay but I think 2 bucks apiece for these things if anybody’s bought sonotubes, you know how expensive they are So now that it’s time to set our tubes in the ground We’ve already got a predetermined grade height measurement So that’s sitting on the laser and I’m gonna basically put this tube I’m gonna put this tube at that laser mark And the top of them will all be the same and that kind of is more of a visual thing and it makes it easier for us to Build our walls later on down the road. We don’t have measurements all across the board Oh, hey Greg, yeah Yep Go ahead So we’re just gonna then fill around this tube and that friction alone is what’s gonna hold this tube where we want it Yep, it’s gonna hold it where we want it until we pour already mix and all so what this does is this This brings the top of this hole a little bit smaller than what the rest of the hole is at the bottom that way there’s a little bit of a bell shape and it helps with uplift or heat down the road So, there we go, we’ve got all of our holes Ready for concrete you can see in there nice and clean on the bottom this is Usually the case if you look around see how much further Zoom in here way back in that corner, see how that tube is sticking out of the ground about 8 inches and across that whole back typical Excavator comes in puts in a quote unquote level pad and it’s usually closed But the sonotubes never lie the top of them are all set with the laser and you can see this one is flush And then they drop down drop down drop down drop down and then they come back up the hill So, you know, we’re gonna always set our tubes Level so that our brackets are level when you look across because eventually they’re gonna pour a floor in here They’re gonna do all that work and we want that to be nice and level all the way around So there we go. That’s it now Concrete truck will come in here after lunch. We’ll get these poured and then we’ll set these brackets These are midwest perma column brackets. So we get these questions all the time They’re sturdy wall 630 Peas and these are for actually it’s 63 Ot and the OT is for Ohio Timberland. These are made specifically for Ohio Timberland Post because Ohio Timberland Post Which is what we’re using they are milled they take those three ply columns and every two by six in them gets ran through a mill to get to become true Dimension and when they do that, you’re obviously gonna lose a little bit of dimension So instead of being a four and a half by five and a half post, it’s like four and three-eighths by five and three-eighths Okay, you can see behind me. We got the concrete truck coming so Six bag mix is what we’re putting in these holes. We’re out of the, you know winter time calcium hot water thing Just like that concrete board Get everything poured we got it smoothed off Now we’re going to do we’re going to go through we’ll mark all of our locations on the string Exactly where we want to set these brackets and then we will We’ll get them set Easy Burn the foot eight four and a half 23 You

Comments (100)

  1. Cool aerial footage.

  2. Excellent and professional explanation, it shows you care about your projects and clients. nice to see, keep up the great work.

  3. 14:30 money shot / alignment

  4. Nice work guys! I appreciate you showing tricks of the trade!

    Making America Great Again 🇺🇸

  6. Why aren't the brackets in the center of the piers? How close to the edge is acceptable?

  7. probably should tell people to call in a utility locate before digging….

  8. Maybe this video will show you how o do it …

  9. I am looking to build a pole barn but have about a 3 foot drop from front to back. Any recommendations on fill material to use to bring this to grade? Should I use 3/4 minus as it’s called in NY and compact it as I build up each later?

  10. Hey what’s the benefit of that engineered column vs just using a post? I enjoy your videos and I’m hoping to build a post and pole type home. Local supply just started carrying that type of column and watching your videos I knew exactly what it was….I’m excited they have them now.


  12. Get work. I'm about to build my shop/ Rv storage, 36x30x14. Was gonna do cement siding but looking at your videos I I'm goin this route . Also, you look like Canelo the boxer in this video. Hahah

  13. $2 a piece for some sonos, amazing

  14. I live in Delaware near the coast, not much above sea level and th le companies around here put the post in the ground and upcharge for a "post protector". A piece of plastice the goes around the post. I don't know why they don't use these brackets.

  15. Did you reset your laser in a different spot and recheck from your datum or not to fussed since its just a shed

  16. what boots are those?

  17. This guys accent makes the video unwatchable

  18. I wanted to watch this bad but the dude is SOOooo ugly I could not stand the camera in his face with him yelling at it for so long.

  19. 14:20 that finesse

  20. Thanks for the info! Too bad you guys aren’t in Alaska!

  21. When using a wet set bracket cement pillar what can a guy do if he's in a very wet area? "high water table" the hole will fill up with water. Can a guy use a concrete tube?

  22. Curious to know why you do not set rebar cages in the concrete? Thanks

  23. Hi , With regard to getting the back wall , parallel and in line with the end of the porch. Here's how I would have approached it ( oh another carpentry putting his 2 cents worth in" lol) ( only for the purposes of achieving your goal with greater accuracy with this method) . And it's also a " double checker" to see how accurate your method turned out to begin with. Here goes.

    Assuming that the end of the porch is an accurate / accurate 90 degrees to the house main wall, all would be good with your method. Lets assume that it's close but no cigar. I think the most important thing is that the side walls of the shed are parallel( and I'm talking to the millimetre / 1/6 ") with the long wall of the house and the back wall of the shed to be in line with the end of porch. So , for greater accuracy ( it's more accurate to work off a long wall than to trust a short , piddly porch end that could be spot on BUT could also be out of square a little, which , if you if you trusted the end porch to be spot on when it MIGHT not be, that would make the side shed wall not to be parallel with the house.

    SO run a string line ( offset a little) parallel with the long part of the house wall and continue the line out at least past the front of the shed. Measure off that line ( equal measures) to set up a line that will be for the side of the shed. Then set up a line , parallel to that line , which will be for the other side wall of the shed. By this stage, you have determined the 2 sides of the shed . Then start going about getting the other 2 string lines ( front and back)square / 90 degrees . At this stage , it doesn't matter if the line for the back wall isn't yet dead in line with the end of the porch , as you , by now , have the position of the shed side walls, dead parallel with the long wall of the house. Now ,just extend the end wall string line ( of the shed) back to the house and measure the distance from that string line to the end of the porch and what ever that measurement is (you might set the line closeish to be in line) then re position the the end wall line back to whatever that offset measure is. Now the back wall is dead in line with the porch end and more importantly , the sides of the shed are in line ( parallel) with the house. Sorry for the long winded explanation but I figure it's more accurate to work from long walls than rely on short walls . I'm a bit OCD when it comes to setouts. I'm a bit of a method worker.

  24. Lol he just did the devil sign at like 2

  25. What’s the song around 6:30?

  26. Ranch style home with 2 bay garage. Looking to add a 3rd bay(attached). I know there's a lot to it..but can you give me a ballpark figure?

  27. Dude… they are called post hole diggers. No idea wth you called them.

  28. Neat job well well done💯💪🔥

  29. Just curious why you guys carry so many tools and have such massive pouches. It looks like you have some screwdrivers for some reason.

  30. Super cool shot all the way threw very nice

  31. That looks like y'all building a pole barn not a garage if you build a garage you would build a slab with footings first… before and after your mouth off I've been a carpenter for 40 years….

  32. True professionals ! great job !

  33. Here in Canada we call this post and beam footing, or slab on grade. The code also requires multiple half inch rebar running vertical with the concrete columns, 47 inches below grade. Even if it is high strength concrete.

  34. Why were some of the piers flush @ ground level? Wouldn't it be better for water drainage if they were all say 2-4 inches proud of the grade level?

  35. Very good video. Impressive and easily understood.


    How do I get some of those tubes for my project? I would appreciate the information. Thank you.


  36. Prep everything I agree with you dude I’m a boiler maker welder 80 percent prep

  37. Those tiny footings are only big enough for 72 square feet of roof.

  38. Hey Kyle, I've looked around at your other videos but can't find what rotary laser you're using? Can you please share that information. Thanks

  39. You guys to great work

  40. Great channel, sub'd!

  41. There is always going to be hater . Great job!!

  42. Be nice to have pricing range in these vids?

  43. Great series. Thanks for putting this together!

  44. Look more scary place to live.

  45. Is there a reason why you're not reinforcing the concrete? If we'd be using this building method in Europe, for a column of concrete that big, we'd need to reinforce it with rebar.

  46. Can you please share a supplier for the "sonotube" knock-offs??

  47. Kia orana (Hello) from Rarotonga. Truly enjoy your videos. I'm just wondering what the dimensions are for the brackets? I'm thinking of using them to build a house in the Cook islands Rarotonga. Looking forward to your reply.

  48. Dumb question, you marked 39’9” ? Why not 40’ ?Center of brackets?

  49. I love your videos man. Super awesome, thank you!

  50. That’s some beautiful digging! I got all rocks. 😑

  51. Thanks canelo.👍

  52. @RR Buildings – Where are you guys out of?

  53. What are those tubes called??

  54. Awesome attention to detail! I build these (contracted out) and rent them. I watched all your videos in this series, and picked up a few tips for when I'm doing my site inspections. I have one question though: It seems in most of your builds, you always do post anchors that are above grade vs the "traditional" post embedment where they are placed in the ground (preferably below the frost line). I've been told by many suppliers that embedment results in a stronger building (mainly concerning wind). I'm not sure I necessarily agree with this (depends how your anchors are set), but nonetheless, all my buildings are embedded. I've also heard post embedment can lead to post rot, which I don't agree with if the wood is treated properly. What are your thoughts on these 2 points?

  55. 6:22 post hole digger

  56. How do you get all the tubes leveled and even with each other?

  57. Is this how you do all your barns/garages? Very nice work!

  58. Holly shit dude, are you by any chance related to "El Canelo Alvarez"? (Mexican boxer) you are provably not but dam the resemblance is remarkable…

  59. Please eni job me 09663563502

  60. 👎🏼👎🏼on the piers

  61. They way you lay out barns (like in this video) is it the same way you would do for a post frame house?

  62. Great attitude and detailed overview of the process. I am thinking of building a tiny house/art studio, this is good prep., thanks.
    Subbed and balled your channel👍

  63. It's a Year late but, nice work…… Someone once told me "that for a Carpenter, I was the Best Electrician he ever saw"… I am an Electrician, but I try to build stuff..

  64. Where can we but those column supports? Maybe build our own composite 2X posts?

  65. ty for this video!

  66. Cannot find the cardboard tubes with the information you gave. Can you give more info?

  67. Anyone ever tell you look like Woody Harleson with a beard?

  68. I love to see perfection and a balenced plan come together.

  69. How much you charge to build this garage sir?

  70. I have a question about the brackets, I've seen some dad had a 90 on the part that went into the concrete, i guess to help it from lifting, why doesn't this application need something like that, I'm just trying to learn

  71. Watched the entire series. Great job! Wish you were up here in NE Washington state. Need a 30×60 building done this year before the snow flies. Looking for a contractor who is proud of his work and is trustworthy.

  72. Cost range? Work in MN?

  73. 6:08 top right hole is not in line

  74. Why no rebar in the wholes at least a few pieces?

  75. I've seen of few of these now and im starting to wonder if your camera has some sort of weird aberration cause I watch you go to so much trouble to level and plumb things but the video itself makes it all look like a wonky mess.

  76. Prepping and planning is the most important part, no doubt about it.🇺🇸

  77. Thought I heard a Chicago dialect

  78. Mind-blown. That is precision if I’ve ever seen it and didn’t realize it until he elevated the camera. A+

  79. Mmmm I never heard of a clam shell digger. I've heard of gold diggers. O that tool is a post hole digger you should know.

  80. Those diamondback bags are nice. 👌

  81. Awesome job. New sub. More info on the "coil inserts" would be nice. I build traffic signals and streetlights and a cheaper alternative to sonotube would be great. Google searched coil insert and no luck. Thanks

  82. This is only the first video of yours I’ve seen. I like to the great attention to detail. You can already tell the end result will be nice. Subscribed

  83. Watched and loved this whole series. Learned a lot. Love the quality of your builds. Looking to do our own shouse project. Wish y'all worked in Missouri.

  84. What size auger is that on the digger and how much spacing between posts for this build? Thank you, love your videos

  85. Is there another video on you going to the next step in building the garage? Also What is the reason for installing the round tubes? Could you have built a cinder block foundation wall around the outside of the garage, or is there a structural reason for doing it this way?

  86. If you were in my area I'd surely have you do it. Can't ask for a more quality job. I'll be contracting a small stick built house soon and attaching a 34'x40' pole building/garage. House has to be stick built. Would have preferred to do a barndominium.

  87. Hey what do you use to transport your telehandler and other large equipment

  88. Seriously 602 thumbs down, I don’t get it. I just found my new channel to watch every morning with my coffee and when I get cot up, I’ll look forward in making this my Saturday morning ritual.

  89. i didn't know you guys had a youtube! instant subscribe

  90. Gravel in the bottom of the hole ?Why not throw rebar in the sino tube ?

  91. What brackets for fixing post to pier do you use and recommend

  92. Now how many avergage guys have all those Tools?

  93. You guys service the Coal City area?

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