Friday, June 22, 2007
A blurry photo. Perhaps come sunrise my little f-stop challenged camera can do somewhat better.
Meanwhile, note the cool boom concrete pumper truck. Concrete started arriving at 3:45 a.m., started sloshing into the hopper at 4:00 a.m., and was being 'directed' by a crew of 6 workers to the far corners of the house slab shortly thereafter.
The purpose of starting so early is to beat the heat and buy a little more 'finishing' time.
Pressure is building, figuratively and literally (see photograph of pressure gauge for the literal). Five zones of radiant tubing installed more-or-less to design with the odd wrong turn here and there. Footings poured earlier in the week. Strap hold-downs for shear walls installed as well.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
A quick stroll through the internet reveals how many different approaches to concrete slabs are out there. A lot of literature I've seen recommends a layer of sand on top of the 6 mil. vapor barrier. But I've seen some arguments against using sand at all. And a lot of pictures I've seen of this kind of house pad shows the rebar, the radiant tubing and the concrete going directly on top of either the a - undisturbed soil, b - gravel layer, or c - pink foamular insulation. I put the sand down if for no other reason than it holds the 4' x 8' foamular sheet / parasails down when the wind kicks up.
Meanwhile, waiting for the concrete crew to put the rebar in place...
Friday, June 1, 2007
New additions: 6 mil. vapor barrier and rigid, underslab (at some point, once the slab is poured - stay tuned, that's scheduled next week!) rigid insulation.
On other fronts - made the first kitchen purchase: an IKEA farm sink.