30 September, 2016

Wednesday and Thursday At the Worksite

Wednesday and Thursday were both forecast to be either overcast, or to have varying levels of thunderstorms and/or rain. Well, as you can see, both were just horrible days. The workers managed to persevere through it all and continued work on the column forms in spite of the sunshine.

Next Column Form Up
Taking one of the forms apart after casting. Believe it or not, the wood for these is one-inch thick mahogany. Used for concrete forms. It would be unthinkable up north, but is standard practice here. Also, each form takes almost three people to maneuver them around and into place. They are extremely heavy.




Blue Cheese Nut Bread
So, while I was waiting for a thunderstorm to show up, I found a recipe on the back of the label for some blue cheese that I had bought for some other recipe. It's for a cranberry, blue cheese, and nut bread.
Baking it was very easy. I didn't have to let it rise or beat it down. Too simple.
It baked up just fine and came out of the pan perfectly.
Some butter spread over a slice just tasted fantastic. I may have to make this one again.
Precarious Position to Pour
Ok, back to work. Here's Indir precariously balanced on a ladder, ready to pour buckets of concrete down the form.
As of this morning, we're a smidge past half way on filling all the columns - six done and five to go. Might be finishing the remaining five today. it'll be close.




Douglas Looking at Window Lintel
The pump house is coming right along. Blocks have reached their final height. Lintels are in and poured for both the door and window.
I'm guessing that next comes casting the roof of the structure.





Marl Pile Disappearing
Little by little, mounds of marl are disappearing. Here, about half of the marl pile is gone, used as fill for the concrete deck.







Eraca Palm Bed Back to Normal
Some of that marl has been used to re-establish the planting area on the north side of the pool where the eraca palms are located.
It's nice to see that area getting back to normal. I about gave up on it when the project first started. It looked like all of the palms there were going to have to come out. Such proved not to be the case. Overall, we only lost two palms, and both of those got replanted over on the south side of the property, along the fence line over there.

Mini-Lumberyard Under the Palapa
I mentioned the mahogany for the forms. Here's the lumberyard the guys established to create the forms.







Doggies Adapted Well to New Pen
To keep the dogs from getting underfoot while construction is going on, and to prevent familiarity developing with the workers, the girls get penned up every day while work is going on. It only took them about three days to decide their new zinc shelter was a good thing. It's shady, cool, and free of ants.




Bani - Electrician Installing Conduit
We had asked to have a couple of outlets placed in some of the columns. Here, Bani, the electrician, is positioning the conduit and boxes prior to the pour for that column.

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