We have a slab! I would’ve posted sooner about this giant step forward, but it took more time than I realized to load, name, file, sort and crop the 96 photos John and I took between the two of us. Watching this was almost as exciting as a baby being born, without all the cuteness.

The concrete pumper was already parked at the job site when we arrived around 7:15 last Friday morning.

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About 10 minutes later, the first of many cement trucks rolled down the street (we lost count after six or seven).

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The trucks paired up to fill the hopper.

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Here comes number three:

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About 7:45, the first concrete was delivered to the southeast corner of the house.

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The red lines crisscrossing the area are the tension cables which add strength to the slab.

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Here’s the first truck at the concrete washout area:

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We marveled that none of the workers ever tripped or fell, especially after all the trenches were filled and all the tension cables were covered. How do they do it?

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By 8:30, a good amount of concrete had been poured.

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The blue tubes are the electrical conduit that will feed power to the kitchen islands.

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I had a fun exchange with this worker:

She: Did I get you wet?

Me: No, but I when I first saw you, I thought, “That’s a woman!”

She (laughing): Yeah, we can do it, too!

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Pouring the dining room, about 8:50:

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Minor traffic jam:

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Remembering the St. Louis Arch from the 2013 marching band trip….

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This is hard work:

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Inserting J bolts (I think):

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Pouring the back porch:

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The guy in blue standing on the mound in the background operated the remote control for the pumper.

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Pouring the space that will become John’s workshop, about 9:25:

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This will be a covered parking area over the driveway with a side entrance into the house.

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Later that afternoon, around 2:00, we captured some polishing work being done, although I can’t remember why it’s done. I will have to ask Rhonda again.

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Nearly 12 hours later, all is quiet:

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Up next: framing–as soon as it stops raining buckets every day.


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