For a couple months now, Armando and I have been working on a sidewalk and steps in the carport area. We work outside on other projects when the sun shines, then when it rains I pull Armando in to work under the big roof.
The carport is thirty-two feet deep, so there is plenty of room for a sidewalk and some steps in front of my shop. Here we have the area mostly formed for concrete:
We also built a block wall and made a suspended walkway in front of containers 3, 4, and the twelve-foot space between them:
Just like Cynthia’s workbench, we used metal roofing panels as formwork for the suspended walkway. Then we cut wire mesh for to reinforce the concrete. This slab will be a good four-inches thick:
Here’s the project all formed and ready for concrete. We decided to save the steps for later; this was going to be quite enough concrete for one day, thank you very much.
With rain pouring down outside most of the day, Armando and our man-for-a-day Rigoberto mixed three big batches of concrete under the protection of the carport roof. In total we used sixteen bags ($160) of cement.They delivered the concrete to the forms by the shovelful or five-gallon bucket full. At first, Armando said it couldn’t be done in a day and I agreed. I told him that if he could and would, I would double their pay for the day:
The guys mixed, then Rigoberto poured, Armando distributed and struck the concrete level, and I followed with the wooden float and later with the steel trowel:
Armando usually works until 2:30 or so, but he and Rigoberto ended up working until almost 5:00. They were dog tired. I finished troweling about 7:00. It was dark by then. I had a light but apparently it wasn’t bright enough; there is one small area that I am less than delighted with, but we hope someday to tile all the floors:
All in all, with just one small blemish area, I am happy as a clam to have all this concrete done. Next week Armando and I will work on the steps.
In related news; As weather permitted, Armando has completed the block work for the hydroponic greenhouse. Next we need to pour a concrete beam at the top of the blocks and also pour slabs for the steps to the door:
Bonus photo department: My brother, a diamond setter by trade, will relate to these next photos. Back in the ’60s I made dozens and dozens of wooden chucks for him to clamp ring settings while he set the stones. In an unpacked-until-recently box I found the original pattern that I worked from. Jabo is now gnawing on it; being a tropical dog, he has never tasted maple wood. I think he liked it:
I always count my fingers after playing with Jabo. He’s a tough customer; I wouldn’t want to run into him in a dark alley:
That’s all for now. More, well, sometime in the future.