Initial Cutting Sub-Floor Poured

Concrete Truck Chute

*Yawn* It was a boring pour. We like it that way. With the help of a friend we sailed through another pour, another step towards finishing the butcher shop and bringing meat cutting on-farm.

First Wooden Chute

Today we poured the concrete that filled around the plumbing trenches. This was a small pour of just five cubic-yards. Rather than using a pump truck as we so often do we used three wooden chutes that let us bring the concrete in through the front doorway, up the hall and then to the bathroom, initial cutting room and inspector’s office.

Diverter & Turning Chute

Since the truck was barely tall enough to bring the concrete into the building this involved a lot of horizontal pulling with rakes and hoes. Team work – Think of it as like rowing a boat. All five of us were pulling in time. Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! *CRACK* goes the whip! Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!

All the concrete came in beautifully. We were cleaned up and done in under two hours. A nice quick pour. A nice boring pour. Just the way I like it!

Next I’ll be laying PEX pipes to dump excess heat from our refrigeration into the floors of the bathroom and inspector’s office. Next I’ll put in the screed line boards so we can pour the final hard coat of concrete for the floors in this first finished section of the butcher shop. That pour will hopefully take place on Friday of this week, maybe the following Monday. The price of concrete goes up every November 1st due to the added cost of the hot water they begin using then so we’re hoping to have concrete done for the year before that.

Outdoors: 60°F/42°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/57°F

Daily Spark: You’re not clairvoyant. Let the future arrive in it’s own time and in it’s own way. -Robin Bernstein

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4 Responses to Initial Cutting Sub-Floor Poured

  1. Jane says:

    I really enjoy seeing your progress updates! It is so exciting that your getting close to doing it on farm! Perserverance pays off!!

  2. David Marks says:

    Walter I have noticed some cold joints in your pours. How did those happen? Are you concerned about them? Wouldn’t it have been best to pour the entire thing in one pour to avoid cold joints?

    • Yes, cold joints are a concern and a reality. There is no practical way to pour 400 yards of concrete all in one shot, especially with the complexity of systems. The pressure alone of 26′ tall pours would be prohibitive. By breaking the pours up in to a series of pours we turn the problem into something manageable.

      There is also the detail of money. We don’t have government grants or bank financing so we have poured concrete and built as we had the funds which has stretched the project out a little although not by much more than the average. The cold joint at about 5′ up in the cutting room is an example of where we ran out of money.

      There are a number of little things we do to make the cold joints work:

      1) First of all they are all compression joints. That right there eliminates almost all problems with cold joints.

      2) We shape the cold joints as mountains rather than valley or slope form. This makes it so water from the outside won’t creep in.

      3) We wave the cold joints rathe than leaving them as a smooth line for better keying.

      4) Chunks of granite are set into the cold joints which lock the pours together.

      5) Cold joints are wetted to get better adhesion.

      6) The shape of the building locks the layers together.

      Much of this is standard for pouring walls on a foundation – a place that virtually always involves a cold joint. This is much like doing brick work or stone work – every union of stone and mortar is a cold joint.

      So with a little attention to detail the cold joints are not a problem. In a perfect world I would start with a monolithic block of black granite and carve out the building from the inside. But I haven’t perfected that technology, yet.

      Check out this post for more details on cold joints.

  3. Charles H. Bell says:

    Walter, I have always been awed by the thoroughness of your construction plan. I enjoyed your final comment about the granet building carving it from the inside. VERY GOOD RESPONSE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have followed your progress throughout. Looking forward to the big day when it is finnaly completed. I know you and you wonderful family will be also.
    Charlie <}:-))) Keep the shinny side up and the wheels down. ;-))

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