dumb question about soil testing for engineered foundation
So the only criteria for building in the city of selma, texas is to have the foundation stamped by an engineer. The engineer we found charges .12 cents a square foot but charges almost $200 for the soil testing because he contracts it out. My local nursery does free soil testing. Do you think its the same thing or are they looking for something completely differant? He asked me if I had any info on the soil, I told him no and he then asked me to dig about one foot into the group and bring him about a quart of dirt so he can send it out. The impression that I got from the conversation is that he simply needs to know what kind of soil we are building on...but does any one know if there is more scientific mumbo jumbo to it then that???