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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Day 2

Day 2 with the crew and apprentices was another success.  Our town inspector came at 9am (we passed!) and the cement truck came around 10am to dump 14.5 cubic yards into our bond beam form, buttress forms, and the footer.  We also did some pack-out with the leftover cement.  After lunch (my mom served us baked ziti, caesar salad, watermelon, italian bread and butter, and brownies), a couple groups worked on finishing the tires in our wing walls, while another group chipped away and dug out the rest of our greywater planter cell.  The crew and more apprentices started bolting in the wooden forms that will hold the glass between our greenhouse and interior space.  And a very exciting part... Mike set up our doorway!

This beam will be a pillar in the house.

Footer being poured by the cement truck

Pouring into the can wall to create the bond beam

Chad evening out the wet cement in the bond beam

Phil teaching us how to place the anchor bolts into the still-wet cement

Extra cement used for pack-out

All hands on deck for pack-out

Cisterns almost completely burried

Momma about to serve lunch

Group working on wing wall

Beau preparing the short tire wall for the vaulted entryway
Chad using the cistern water (which is now flowing into the house!) to fill buckets for the cement station 

Justin and Brian at the carpentry station

Mike and apprentice Torbin preparing our main doorway


Men in the trench!

Michael and our beautiful doorway!

Beau at the fasteners station (screws, nails, etc)

happy tire wall : )

preparing to line the greywater trench

cistern water flowing into the house

Justin and Phil studying the plans

Jacob's working on our vaulted entryway

prepping our footer for the wooden framed wall

Gary and the kubota

Doug smoothing cement

Happy Beau

barn loft view

LOTS o' cement!

rocks for the bottom of the greywater planter

I don't know what these are for right now...

hard work in the trench!

starting to pack-out the stem wall

The boss overlooking progress

so much going on!

pillars in greenhouse hand-peeled and sprayed with a bleach solution to keep from greying

Gary and the kubota

parking up the driveway

Beer:30... our 4:30 drink with everyone to mark the end of the workday

Tiffany and my mom

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