Monday, December 24, 2007

Pouring Footings--Day from Hell Starts

There are a few days in a guys life that you fondly refer to as "the day from hell". This was one of them. We knew ahead of time that it was going to be interesting but when we looked at the thermometer and saw 10 degrees it just confirmed our suspicions. Thankfully I had enough people there to get things going. We called Fisher Sand and Gravel and had them add some extra Hi-Early to the mix to help with the cold and got rolling. When the pump showed up we got to work. As with most inexperienced crews, the first 60' of footings were a LOT OF WORK. Holy cow it was hard on us moving the mud twice. We got the hang of it pretty quickly though. I had to run the pump for about 50', then stop and go screed the footings while Kelly, Butch, Lonnie, and Lonnie's friend would shovel the excess flat, pick up the rebar, and mag the corners. Then we would start all over and do it again. 18 yards later we were done pouring. Then we had to set the vertical rebar. Kelly tool the last picture and as you might notice, it was getting dark. And we still had to cover everything back up!!

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