Now that the old hay shed is down and the work site is cleared we’ve been working on construction instead of destruction. The first step involves setting up forms for the first part of the concrete slab pour. Above Will is carrying one of the forms he made. Beyond him, on the hill, Hope is taking periodic pictures of our progress from a pedestal where the camera is mounted each day.
Back when I built this foundation the whey driveway wasn’t there so the back wall was a retaining wall that stuck up above the soil keeping the water away from the building. As part of our project we will raise that retaining wall further and add new stone and drain pipes behind it to protect the new building.
To make that slab you see in the photo we cut into the ledge years ago. We dug that by hand with pick and shovel. This was back before tractors were invented, or at least before we had one, in fact before I even dreamed of having one. It was, shall I say, a good workout cutting through the stone. Remembering that digging makes me appreciate the 48 hp of our tractor and backhoe.
The 4″ thick concrete slab sits on 2″ of blue board extruded polystyrene insulation, a vapor barrier and 4″ of crushed stone on top of the cut in the ledge we dug. The slab is still perfectly level today. I guess the mountain hasn’t shifted any measurable amount in the last two decades and the drainage worked. This makes transitioning the foundation from it’s previous function as a hay shed to a new project that much easier. I like that.
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