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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pouring Concrete...

The last few weeks Brad has been very busy pouring concrete in the new shop.  They are pouring the floor in 5 different sections instead of all at once because that is a big job!

First, you have to make sure everything is level.  B's job is to hold the "stick"...
 This is my job, if I'm available....
 You look through the "scope" and read the number.   I had to be given a lesson on how to read the numbers correctly.  Don't laugh!  It's harder than it looks!

Brad (and his dad) normally do all the prep work in the days leading up to the next pour so they are ready when the concrete truck pulls up.  You don't want to leave Mr. Concrete Truck Driver waiting!

And the process begins...
 Luckily we have some fabulous friends, neighbors, and family who are eager to help us out...
 Every job needs a good supervisor;0)...



 And if one supervisor is good...
 then two are twice as good!...
 (I have no clue what they are discussing in that picture, but I bet it's pretty serious!)



 This contraption is pulled along the top of the concrete to make it even...
 However, it doesn't get all of the spots.  Some still need to be worked by hand...

 Uh-oh!  The someone must not have been doing their job!  The supervisor had to step in and do it the right way!...
 I guess B was done supervising...
 Those tractors do look fun!...
 Lines are put in the concrete so that, hopefully, if their is a crack made from heavy equipment it will crack in the line and not anywhere else...

 This contraption is called a Power Trowel...
It makes the concrete nice and smooth and give it a shiny finish!


Only two pours left!

7 comments:

  1. it's got to feel good to have this work coming to a close. what great friends to help out!

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  2. I've been enjoying your barn building posts...whew! What a job! Good thing you have all those supervisors..ha! Your daughters are adorable :)

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  3. We built a new shop this year also. It's quite a process. My husband actually does this professionally through our lumberyard business and it is definitely the year to build! Do you have a Hutterite or Amish colony near you? We have Hutterites that build trusses for our buildings.

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  4. That supervisor sure is a cutie.

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  5. You would think this might not be as complicated as it actually is, but I've learned precision is the key to most farm jobs. Keep up the great work, and listen to those supervisors! I'm sure they were full of ideas!

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  6. My husband would love a new shop like that. It looks like there was plenty of good help and supervisors to make sure the job was done right! (And number readers are also vitally important. I probably would have needed a tutorial, too!) Thanks for stopping by the County Line earlier today!!

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