Big Floor Ready For Concrete

I’ve emerged from the hammock. That was a nasty cold, but I was able to keep the suffering to just one week. I still have a cough but my energy is pretty good. I spent the week+ eating just fresh fruit and veges; fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast, fresh cantaloupe and bananas during the day, then at night when I got hungry I made giant soups with tons of lightly cooked veges.

For the past few days Armando has been cutting grass at the rental and at the new house. I spent a couple days cutting and welding the remaining support beams and floor joists for the big floor into place.

On Friday, Armando and I managed to get most of the floor panels cut and screwed into place. The sun bounced off the bright sheet metal and melted us, making it necessary to take a lot of water and banana breaks. Working on the bright sheet metal was like a sauna. However, we got the floor done and it is ready for concrete. But… we are going to wait on the concrete until the big roof is built so that we can pour the floor in the shade! Here are some photos, mostly taken by Cynthia:

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Hot enough for you Armando? Sunglasses were a must, even for Armando who doesn’t own a pair, but I make sure to have extra safety glasses peppered all over the job site.

I marked the joists and Armando placed the screws.

I marked the joists and Armando placed the screws.

I welded a double 2"x6" to the floor joists. This will be the line for the front wall of the house. Here I notch the sheet metal to fit around the 4"x6" beam.

I welded a double 2″x6″ to the floor joists. This will be the line for the front wall of the house. Here I notch the sheet metal to fit around the 4″x6″ beam.

The space between the beams is where the front door will be. Here I need to lay out another cut to fit the sheet around the beam.

The space between the beams is where the front door will be. Here I need to lay out another cut to fit the sheet around the beam to the right of my feet.

Call me Grace.

Call me Grace.

Here is the floor all done as viewed from the living room (west) end of the house.

Here is the floor all done as viewed from the living room (west) end of the house.

The big roof is NEXT!

To start the roof, first I need to cut the kitchen doorway from the big floor into container 2. This will make it easier to access the inside of container 2, and will also add some much-needed ventilation inside the sauna container.

Then I will cut out one of the two adjoining walls, between container 1 and 2, and move it up onto the roof. This wall will become the wall between the loft inside and the roof deck outside. Time to break out the big angle grinder and about twenty cutting disks. I will also need some industrial strength mirrors and some number seven sky hooks to get the big wall panel lifted onto the roof; the panel weighs hundreds and hundreds of pounds. Stay tuned, this is going to be some fun!

Remember back to Plan A when we were going to continue working in containers 3 – space – 4 so that we could move in and camp while we worked on the rest of the house? But then we switched to Plan B to take advantage of the dry season and build the big floor and the big roof? Well, way back at Plan A, we ordered floor tiles for the entire house.

The tiles arrived this week. Four+ big pallets full, about 2,500 square feet of tile, plus wall tiles for the bathrooms. Luckily for us, Elmec sent a forklift along with the delivery truck. Here are a couple photos:

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With the nice high roof, the driver had plenty of room to work the forklift.

So now these four+ crates will have to sit here for a few more months until we have the big roof done. And if the rain holds off, I’d like to get some of the remaining concrete floors poured, too. In the meantime, it is good to actually hold the tiles in our hands; Cynthia has the color wheel spinning as I write this, contemplating wall colors and a decorating scheme. I think I heard her say, “eggplant,” and she wasn’t talking about dinner!

And of course, the requisite Jabo photos (by Cynthia):

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So, Jabo, why the long face?

Did someone say, "Dog Cookies?"

Did someone say, “Dog cookies?”

That’s all for now. See you on the roof!

3 thoughts on “Big Floor Ready For Concrete

    • Yes, the rain is on its way. Just before the tile arrived at 2:00, the sky turned black and big drop pounded down for about fifteen minutes. This was the first rain we’ve had in weeks. The plants loved it!

      The end of March and the beginning of April are our least favorite months here because everyone burns all the dry leaves and fields. You can’t get away from the smoke. Anyone with asthma or allergies is in for a tough go for a couple months.

      A few weeks ago some farmers were burning sugar cane fields in one of the western provinces. The fire got under a power transmission line and shut the electrical grid down in the entire country for a few hours.

      During the blackout we sat in the car and listened to radio RPC. It was satisfying to be able to understand so much Spanish. One reporter was telling about all the traffic lights that were out of service and about the resulting traffic. I was surprised to hear that an English phrase, “bumper-to-bumper,” made it into his otherwise rapid-fire reporting in Spanish.

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