Sunday, November 30, 2008

The incredible end of November weather and cement

Early on the morning of Monday, November 24, we arrived to find the crane in place and the welders hard at work installing the steel beams for the basement floor and the main level floor. (They will be back later when we are ready for the last of the beams for the loft floor.) Jim carried out some much needed site clean-up while Kathleen enjoyed a day off. The next day, Jim got the weeping tile placed and following that we shoveled washed rock into the wheel barrow and Jim dumped it in the appropriate spots. He figures that he shoveled the best part of 20 tons of stone but because of his hard work and bowed back we are ready for our first inspection.

Mother Nature has been very generous this fall and, as the temperature was +7 Celsius by noon on Saturday November 29, we were able to do the follow-up cement work that needed to be done before the floor joists are put in place. We had to fill in under the teleposts and create a "cement" washer in the areas of the walls that will carry the floor joists.

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