Pouring Greenhouse Concrete Kneewalls
About a week ago we poured the concrete kneewalls of the greenhouse as shown in the video above. We are now preparing to pour the roof pillars. The snow is deep already. Yesterday morning we got another 10″ on top of the 4″ or so already on the ground. Fortunately it has compacted down some.
As mentioned before the ready mix concrete truck can’t get close enough to the construction site to deliver the concrete. Our solution was to build a chute that we’ve been using to deliver the concrete down hill from the upper pond level where the whey tank road ends. The concrete flows down, with much pushing of rakes and hoes, into the half cubic-yard bucket of our tractor. I then dump each load, slightly less than half a cubic-yard in practice, into the form work.
The pour went amazingly well. Nine yards of concrete in under three hours by three adults (Walter, Holly & Will) and one eleven year old (Ben). It snowed almost the whole time we were pouring the concrete – not hard but a warning of the solid week of daily snows that was to come.
We did have one blowout which we’ll fix in the next pour. I’ll discuss the problem and solution in another post. Nothing disastrous.
The movie above is a trimmed and sped up five fold – we don’t really zip around that fast! Some notes on setting a camera up to record:
- Lock the focus on infinity;
- Lock the white balance;
- Put it somewhere where curious piglets won’t play with it!
Outdoors: 33°F/31°F Mostly Cloudy, Snow Flurries
Farm House: 59°F/55°F
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/66°F