The local crew showed up at 6:00 Tuesday morning, even after that grueling work on Monday. Dennis had told them he would pay them for a total of 2 days of work even if it took them only one and half days. And sure enough, they worked at a pretty hard pace to get finished by 12:30, just in time to eat lunch prepared by Joy. Francisco and his 2 men stayed all day doing the finish work and start the clean up.
|The top surface of the concrete is smoothed off and leveled using a flat board and adding water when needed.|
|Once the concrete sets up for a couple of days, the hangers holding the straps will be removed along with the sides boards of the forms.|
|The bottom board of the forms will stay in place with the supports for up to 2 weeks before they are removed.|
|Here is a view of what the straps look like with the 4x4s and floor joists in place. This a shot of the new deck around the cabana before all the decking is installed.|
Next, the sides of the forms will come down. We may wait until the wet season is over before installing the 4x4s, it all depends on how wet it really is. In the meantime, the form boards will be reused for casting the floor of the washroom shed where the washing machine will be relocated behind Richard and Joy's cottage. Like the generator shed, the washroom shed will be raised only a foot or so off ground level.
But I am getting ahead of myself - that is the next project. For now, we are pleased that the BIG POUR is done. I'm working on the layout of the windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and interior walls of the addition. That phase of construction will definitely not start until late November.