Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Footing complete, hedge-beast gone

The inspector showed up this morning and put a gold star on our report card, so we called to confirm the concrete delivery at noon. We then made a quick run to the dump with a third of the hedge-beast. Once the concrete and pump truck showed up, we were pouring concrete in about 30 minutes.

For those of you who think pouring concrete in shorts in stupid... well, you're totally right. I started out without safety glasses, and promptly got a big glob in my eye. I'll be wearing something entirely different when we pour the stem well in a couple days.

Once the concrete was poured, we smoothed it out with 2x4's and trowels. Most people just leave the footing rough, but we took the extra time to make the top of the footing smooth. Hopefully it will make setting the stem wall forms easier.

When the footing was complete, we turned our attention back to the hedge-beast while the footing cured. We made the second dump run after getting an adapter so we had brake lights and turn signals. Then we came back and loaded up the last of the hedge. We'll take it to the dump in the morning.

We stripped the forms from the footing after dinner and stacked them up nicely in the driveway. I'll try to get a shot of the finished footing in the morning.

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