Foundation Alternative

Use kraft paper molding tubes for concrete foundation pillars.

| October/November 1999

  • Foundation Alternative
    Using paper moldings can save a lot of effort when pouring foundation.
    Photo courtesy fefufoto

  • Foundation Alternative

COUNTRY LORE

If anyone is planning to build their own home but objects to the poured, monolithic foundation, I have come across a great alternative. In my local building supply center, I have noticed they now sell 12" x 2' to 3' kraft molding tubes. These can be used to pour pylons on which to set beams. If you want larger pylons, you might use some similar large form or container. You should probably drive a 41 galvanized fence post into the ground at the center of the tube.

Brian Pang
Oakland, California

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