Forming foundations and pouring concrete.

At the groundbreaking, in addition to friends of the organization, the board of directors, and neighbors, was the cat that visits us every morning, who goes by Snufflekins, Litterbiscuits, or Dr. Meow (below).
When the crowd cleared out, Tony started up the Bobcat and leveled the house site for us. In addition to manufacturing our trusses and cabinets this semester, another first is framing and pouring our concrete. We measured out the space our foundations will take up, plus room on each side to move. Kelly is checking how level the foundation trenches are with a laser level (below).
Then we pull out the Dr. Seuss looking pounding machine- jumpingjack or wackerpacker- to ensure our base earth was firm and ready to receive concrete. Eric shows Claire how to use it below.
Next we add stakes, guided by our exterior lines, and set up rails to hold foam insulation and the poured concrete. End of a cold, damp Wednesday. Kelly Ray and Dave pay as a visit with densely packed straw bales from Colorado, we were all so happy to see Kelly Ray again!
Alyssa is extremely useful in small places, like the top of the straw bale shelter.
I got to be my dad for a day as I tie rebar together that will reinforce the concrete.
At the end of the day we were all ready to go for concrete…except for a bummer mistake we made on both short sides of the foundation. We left the worksite concerned about fixing the problems before the inspector showed up Friday at 1 and the concrete truck at 2.
On Friday morning, we finished the adjustments, finish tying rebar, spray for termites, check all our pipes (electric, sewer, water, greywater). A neighbor down the street, Kathy, brought us fresh baked bread, covered in butter, with sides of honey and homemade peach jam for a mid-morning snack. We loved it! What a welcoming neighborhood!
In the afternoon, our forms passed inspection and the concrete truck rolled in.
We took turns shoveling the concrete, magging (leveling the concrete into the forms), and working the surface to a smooth finish.

One Response to “Forming foundations and pouring concrete.”
  1. Stampani Beton says:

    Have you heard that some guy in Germany have invented concrete with carbon fibers instead of iron reebar. New concrete is much thinner and stronger. Ideal, don’t you think?

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