The amazing thing to a newbie is that they were walking on the surface of the concrete within 4 hours and it was hard enough that a power saw was used to cut the control joints within about 8 hours. Clayton's crew was another of those well-oiled machines with each going about their business without having to be told what was next. Testing the hardness was done with a shoe - they knew when it was ready for each phase by the depression left (or not) when the concrete was stepped on. After the control joints were cut, the crew laid burlap on the surface to allow us to wet the concrete down over the next few days and allow proper curing rather than drying.
Another day on the job when the thunderstorms rolled in as the crew was finishing and the rain dropped the temperature by about 15 degrees which was a welcome relief. High temps today hit 100 plus degrees and the walls held the heat inside another 10-15 degrees higher. We had two 5 gallon coolers of water and the crew went through most of that.
Friday is scheduled for the delivery of the supplies for the stud walls in the basement and the flooring for the main floor. Monday the crew should start installing the walls/floor and we'll remove the braces by the end of the week. After that the main floor stud walls and roof will go on.
|5:30 and all is quiest|
|6:13 and the first concrete hits the foam and vapor barrier|
|This is the end of the first truckload of concrete - that's an 8' wide strip footing that runs 2/3 the length of the hosue.|
|8:50 and the last concrete is pumped|
|10:25 and already the hand troweling and power troweling are well under way. Note the footprints in the concrete at this point|
|12:23 and putting the finishing touches on the surface - at this point they're squirting water down and applying that "polish" to the surface.|