Spent two days attempting to drill out 8" deep holes in the concrete piers and 2" x 6" holes in the beam to set the leveling screw jacks and get the sill beam installed for the east wall.
Pardon the jumpy video, my poor narration, and utter lack of English language skills! It was raining, I was freezing and Ripley kept trying to play (i.e. knock mommy over and eat the camera).
Concrete sucks to drill through and it takes forever!! I recommend anyone attempting a similar foundation should set your bolts into the concrete while it's curing... soooo much easier! Boring large holes in beams also sucks when you're doing it with a spade bit and a chisel... if you can find and afford one, a large ship's auger would have been much easier.
A tip with the Ellis jacks: put the bored-out beam on top of the assembled jacks once they're attached to the pier and then wind up and attach the top plates to the beam from the underside. That beam is friggin' heavy and kept wanting to tip over sideways, which made it nearly impossible to thread the screw into the plate when it was already attached to the beam. We'll do better on the second beam.
But at least we have our first sill beam completed and attached to the piers... and it's LEVEL!!