Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rafters being placed on lower hipped roof.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tie-in of gabled roof over bath. Lower portion roof will be hipped.
Looking out over ceilings joists of first floor over the addition.
Standing in master bedroom and looking through door opening to 2nd floor portion of addition that will be master bath and closet. Bathroom on the right where windows are. Closet on left (wall with no window openings).
Wall framing complete. Roof framing and tie-in to existing roof almost complete for 2nd floor portion of addition. All wall sheathing complete and all door and window openings cut in.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Some new walls and temporary tent that we erected during the rains from Ida.
Basement and partial flooring system.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I am unable to resist the temptation that freshly poured concrete provides.
Here is final product after final floating and broom finish.
Here is the rig. A mixer dumps its load into the hopper of the pumper. The pumper pumps it through the 2-inch line to the men at the pour. The pump operator has a remote control that controls the flow. He stays with the concrete men and pumps when they call for more and turns it off when they say. Neat. Pumping two mixers full of concrete took about 3 hours. The pump operator said he could pump that amount in 30 minutes if they didn't need him to stop. Fun.
Since the site sits on top of hill, there is no way to get a concrete truck in there to pour. We had to hire a concrete pumper to pump all 17 yards of concrete up the hill. Due to the power lines, we could not hire a boom truck. And, since we needed to be able to move the nozzle around the pour, we hired a grout pumper with a 2-inch line. A 4-inch would be too heavy for the men to move around. In order to pump concrete through a 2-inch line, you have to get smaller aggregate. The smaller aggregate costs a bit more per yard.
Tino and his crew putting down the forms for the footings. The basement floor and the footings will be poured together. Tino is the best concrete man I know. I have known him for about 6 years. He lives up the street from us.
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