Sunday, May 29, 2011

Concrete - a week later than expected

The excavation didn't go quite as expected last week (rocky rocky rocky soil) and required a lot more hand work by Bill. He had to further hand-dig out the 4 sections to set up the forms.

Saturday of Memorial Day brought 5.5 yards of concrete.

Bill is one hell of a carpenter, but concrete is h-e-a-v-y and has lots of mass. Unless you deal with concrete every day, you tend to underestimate it's strength.

We had a couple of blow outs. Look at the right corner - the concrete split the corner out.

This form split on the left side.

Overall, we had just barely enough - even though Bill ordered extra - to make it to the top of the forms. We had to do some "concrete rearranging" - i.e. also known as shoveling from one form into a wheel barrow and transferring to a different one that is low.

A finished form full of concrete

I was asleep by 8:30 that night. It was still light outside.


Barb said...

Great job! Those are the kind of jobs that you appreciate much later (after the sore muscles & tiredness go away. Been there, done that (too often I think)

angie said...

Hi Barb,

Yes, it was great fun. The next day proved to be even more challenging. I'll post photos soon.