Friday, June 12, 2015
The Grain Bin House: The Foundation, Part 3 (and a contest!)
In the afternoon when the humidity and heat soared the concrete company was summoned. Hearing them rumble down our road was an exciting as...well...hearing the concrete truck responsible for pouring your first foundation to your first GBH rumble down the road! Even better was the moment all that wet, grey, rocky, slop came pouring down it's rickety metal sluice.
I believe I wept a little.
Filling in the gap between the two metal circles with 9 yards of concrete ($1400 worth) the crew worked in near tropical conditions while Keith and I applauded from the comfort of our white plastic chairs in the shade.
We're just supportive that way.
But after a couple of minutes of rest we did return to our own outdoor work; a new milking set up for Bessie, (I mean Polly) among other tasks. It did not take long though for the guys to get the one and 1/2 truckloads of concrete settled into it's trough. Soon enough the foundation was complete. Almost.
Next, the metal forms on the outside of the foundation will be removed, hard foam insulation will be cut and curved around the concrete and then dirt will be backfilled against that making it virtually impossible for little pests like ants and mice to get into our mini fortress. Big pests, aka family, will be allowed to enter through our single doorway.
The rebar pointing up through the fresh concrete will eventually be bent towards the inner circle and buried within the concrete floor which will be poured over and around the rocket mass stove heater built on top of the inner gravel. Keith and I will build the rocket thingy this next week. Foster Mechanics will then come back, pour the floor and start raising the walls of the GBH.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
At the end of the day, there was a fair amount of concrete still left in the truck and since we had already paid for it Keith quickly put together some wooden forms to contain the surplus and put it to good use. Can you guess what he is making?
Leave a comment with your guess and the first one to answer correctly will get a free bar of homemade soap. I make a mean bar of soap which will treat your skin very nicely. Yes, you can play if you live in another country. I believe in global blog pandering.