The post you’ve all been waiting for!
I know, I know, it’s been nearly a week since I said we’d get the slab poured, and here I am just now writing about it.
But really, it’s only been 3 days since it was poured. Yep, that’s right, it was done this past Monday, not last Friday.
Yeah, the overnight lows were forecasted to be down around freezing for Friday and Saturday night. Frozen concrete is not a good thing. And while there are steps you can take to make sure the slab does not freeze, waiting an extra couple of days for the temps to warm up is an easy fix.
On top of that, none of the concrete companies in town could do a Friday pour before noon. Doing a slab this size takes about 8 hours. It gets dark here around 7pm right now. I think you can see the problem there.
So, we decided that it was best to just wait till Monday.
It was chilly that morning before the sun hit the pad.
But the crew was there and the cement showed up right on time.
The interior footers were poured first.
Then they started on the slab.
Flower Girl didn’t want to miss a moment, even when she was so cold. But the sun came up and we all warmed up.
There wasn’t much for us to do other than watch.
But watch, we did!
And then spent a few minutes stabbing in the bolts for the walls.
Pajii gave it a go.
Princess Girl looked over the plans to make sure we were doing it right.
I had a moment of panic when I did some measuring and thought we were an entire inch and a half off. Till I realized I was measuring to the wrong side of the form boards. Whew!
Lots and lots of bolts.
The concrete crew we hired did an efficient job.
Looks like he is standing on the edge of a huge drop off. In reality, there’s enough space on the other side of the house for a cement truck to pull up there.
The last thing to do was cut the relief cuts to hopefully control some of the cracking. Our concrete contractor uses a big machine to do the cuts rather than a skill saw by hand.
Here it is with the concrete blankets on. My brother and my dad were each able to loan us enough blankets to cover half the pad. We decided that since we got them for free, it couldn’t hurt to use them. Better safe than sorry.
On Wednesday we started taking down the forms. We can’t take off all of then yet because that’s what the plastic is stapled to.
Since we are going to stain the slab and use it as our finished floor, the concrete guy didn’t want to put on a chemical seal/cure on it. So instead, we wetted everything down then covered it in 6mil black plastic to keep the water from evaporating. This will allow the slab to slowly cure over the course of a week or so without adding something to the top that will make the stain not work.
Pajii and Princess Girl took off all the blankets today. I stayed inside out of the pounding wind because I came down with a cold on Tuesday (great timing, right).
Instead of working on the house, I’ve been resting and recuperating and making chicken stock out of the carcasses of the chickens we processed over the weekend.
One of these pots of stock got canned into jars. The other became soup for dinner tonight. Hopefully it will help me feel better. This not being able to breath thing is getting old real quick.
The next stage of building the house is getting the metal frame up, but that may take a while. In the meantime, we need to finish up our septic system and fresh water cistern and get started on the garage. Still got a lot to do. But it’s moving forward. Slowly but surely.