Will Welding Chiller Rebar to Socket Rods
Writing about what we’re building may well wait for winter as we rush to close in before the snows. Today we had a taste of the weather to come, waking to an inch of white covering the landscape. Here are a few photos which will give you a peek at what’s happening on the butcher shop. In the background above are a plethora of piglets in the north home field – beyond is Sugar Mountain.
Welding is a skill Will has been learning this past year in preparation for doing the butcher shop. In addition to lots of little things, another big project he did was building a new animal transport space in our new (to us) extended body cargo van. We went from being a zero-welder family to a three-welder family in one year.
Ben Tying on the Rail Beam Spine
Ben is up on the catenary arch of the cutting room tying together the steelwork for the beam that will run down the center. The load of the meat rail will be carried both by the arch and the 14′ long steel reinforced concrete beam. Rebar in the top and bottom, spaced by 661010 mesh, provide tensile strength. Additional mesh overlays the rebar ribs. The concrete will have fiber in it. This provides multiple layers of graduated reinforcing for strong ceilings.
Will Welding Lowerator Sockets
The tall chiller ceiling is a barrel vault which gives it added strength. It also has a tall spine for the 20′ long steel reinforced beam and ribs of pre-tensiled steel that are cambered for extra strength. On top of the ribs sits more welded wire mesh.
The foil-bubble-bubble-foil provides a compression spring for the period when the concrete shrinks a little during curing. This will let us get the forms out of the ceilings more easily and help prevent cracking.
Rooster Tail from Cutting Rebar
Usually we cut rebar with nippers but that only works down on the ground because the “nippers” are so huge. Up in the air an angle grinder makes short work of the steel.
Cut Rebar End
It’s a piece of artwork. Beautiful colors in the oxidization. Sharp too.
This monkey is up very high but not really. On one side our facility is nearly 20′ high but on the other side it is just a hop up to the wall because we’re set into the hillside. This makes the building look very small when we look at it from our house but very tall when viewed from the road. Life on a mountain side. Earth-sheltering the building is one of the little details that will help to moderate the building’s temperature. Additionally safety for hope comes because she is surrounded by about 50’x40′ of scaffolding that rings the site. No worse than climbing a tree.
So what’s Hope doing up there? Picking off maple seeds that the surrounding trees have donated to our project! Perhaps some will get embedded in the concrete with other artifacts for a future archeologist to find.
Outdoors: 72°F/43°F Sunny, 1″ Snow in the Morning which melted
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/63°F
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