Day Thirty, 03 November, 2015Whatever you call it, Casting or pouring the Chain, Casting the Beam, or some other combination, it really doesn't matter. Today's the day for it to happen. The 'machine' (the cement mixer) was due to arrive about 15 minutes ago. It being Belize, that means they're right on time.
I'm ready for them. I've charged the camera, so no dead battery today. Carl and his crew are ready for them. We've got the gravel, the sand, and the bags of cement. The forms are all ready. Even the anchor points (that get embeded in the concrete) are on hand. All we need is the machine.
I've even gone around and snapped a few shots of the guys making preparations for the casting.
A new bit, Carl pointed out to me just a few minutes ago, is that the area above the closet will also be enclosed in its own little cabinet, with doors. I think this will be a cleaner installation. Dianna hasn't seen this yet, so it might be a surprise for her.
This is also where the access hatch to the attic will be, just as an FYI. Nelson's probably going to be disappointed. He's not going to have an overhead hidey-hole now.
|The Closet Will Have A Shelf Cabinet|
|Bright Hole Where the A/C Used to Be|
|There is Where the A/C Unit Came from|
|The Old A/C Unit Back View|
|The Old A/C Unit Front View|
|Nelson Is Helping Me Inspect the A/C Unit|
|The Guys Are Busy Tying Steel Wire|
|Whole Stack of anchor Points|
|Anchor Point Showing Split|
|Carrying Tied Steel To the Building|
|Hoisting the Tied Steel Up to the Form|
|Finally It's Dropped Into Place|
|Bringing Another Length In To Position|
|Bringing a Length of Tied Steel To the Building|
|The 'Machine' Crew Comes Sef-Contained|
|And Another Length of Tied Steel Going In|
|Pulling the Steel Into Place To Put It In the Form|
|Ready to Drop it Into the Form|
As it turns out, there was a slight change in plans necessitating Carl's crew to prepare more tied steel. If you look at the photo just above, you see in the center the worker with the white shirt. The wood form going from him diagonally to the lower right of the photo is all new. The plans didn't call for that. But, it's a nice thing that it's there. It provides much more strength to the overall structure. There's also the jog by him again that outlines the closet. All those pieces needed to have steel formed for their forms.
Now, our chances of a successful pour this afternoon... um, not so much.
The afternoon was speedily drawing to a close, sunwise. That is, the sun was going down. It was now about 4:45 PM. So by 5:30, it was going to be dark. Since the pour would require on the order of two hours to complete, and it hadn't started yet, a command decision was made to send the machine's crew home for the evening, along with Carl's crew as soon as they finished getting the forms ready.
The plan now, was for everyone to reassemble at 5:30 AM, cast the chain and be done by 8:30, taking the rest of the day to relax and vote, of course.
So, that's where we are for this evening. New day in the morning will call for a new blog posting.
See you then.
There's many more photos than appear in each posting. You can see all the photos of the construction project on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/winjama/0wVc3s. There will be new photos added each day of the project.