Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
So in comes the cement truck and pourer:
And they begin pouring and filling and smoothing all the cement into the forms for the footings:
Take off the forms and you've got a beautiful foundation! The footings are in place, and next will come the construction of the foundation walls.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
To make each of the auger cast piles, the guys would move the auger drill over the spot, set the "foot" and begin drilling. Each of the piles went down between 27 and 33 feet. A geotech engineer would sample the soil coming out of the ground and decide when the depth was correct. Then the drill operator would slowly begin raising the auger while the cement guy began pumping cement, or "mud", through the hollow center of the auger. As the auger came up, the cement would fill the hole, overflowing as it reached the top. Finally a long steel rod would be lowered down into the hole followed by a round steel "cage" to hold the pile and form the "cast". And then on to the next one.
It was fascinating to watch, but definitely the most dangerous worksite I've ever seen! Everything seemed to be either heavy, caustic, sharp, or swinging. If a guy wasn't holding a chainsaw or pickax, he was holding a steel pipe, cement hose, or sledgehammer!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This week has been spent excavating the lot, removing truckloads of dirt, and marking the spots for drilling the auger piles.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
It crunched it into small pieces and loaded everything - all the wood and insulation and windows and eaves - and memories - into dumpsters.
Finally, there was nothing left but the concrete foundation, and one morning even that was gobbled up.
And then it was all gone ----
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Paul and I thought that making a blog would be the best way for us to share the experience and progress of our Nest-building with all of you. We'll try to add pictures and stories as the weeks go by.
The "cottage" (as we call it) is scheduled for demolition tomorrow (August 2nd); it should happen just about the time that the Blue Angels fly over the lake to start SeaFair.