For a few weeks now, the Ram has been saying, "When it comes time to pour the slab at the Momplex, I'm just going to hire someone."
<h1>Screed Boards</h1><div>When you pour a slab 44 feet wide, you can't just buy a 44 foot long 2x4 and screed the top of your slab after the pour. So in preparation for the pour, screed boards are placed with concrete stakes at the height of the finished slab. The screed boards are checked for level using a laser level. Then when you pour, you use the screed boards to determine level for the mud. Concrete is not like water, it will set up with high and low points if not properly finished.</div>
<h1>Openings </h1><div>Doorways and the garage openings are covered with blocking to keep the concrete slab inside the perimeter of the Momplex. We will later pour an apron in front of the garages, but that's a totally different day.</div>
<h1>Pump Truck</h1>And despite the great expense of a pump truck, we all concluded that it would be very necessary to pouring this slab. Remember, there is 12 feet of walls around the Momplex, and a concrete truck chute would not make it to the back of the Momplex. <div><br></div><div>The Ram was okay with wheel-barrowing to save some cash, but considering all the things that could go wrong, and that we appreciate our families help (and don't want to break their backs), we decided to spend the $165 an hour. Ouch, I know. But probably not as painful as a disastrous and stressful pour, wheelbarrow full by wheelbarrow full.</div><div><br></div><div>The pump truck showed up early in the morning. </div>
<h1>Here Comes the Mud!!! </h1><div>Now don't I know quite a few handsome men? That's my brother-in-law Jared, the Ram's cousin, Justin, and you know Uncle Bill and Grandpa Tim already. </div><div><br></div><div>The concrete is on it's way!</div><div><br></div><div>Grandpa Tim holds the hose and pours the concrete, Uncle Bill spreads the concrete out, and Justin and Jared are screeding the concrete. </div>
And slowly, the finished slab become more, footprints less. And to our great relief, the slab is done, and done well. Special thanks to the help of our family.<div><br></div><div><img src="http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/monolithic-slab-pour-19.jpg " width="470px" alt="" align="none"></div><div><br></div><h1>Gray Lining</h1><h1><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(61, 50, 45); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; ">While concrete pours are the most stressful and expensive days at the Momplex, they also mean we get a few days off from working afterwards. Because you can't work on the slab when it's still curing. I guess even concrete has a silver - or at least gray - lining.</span></h1><div><br></div><div>PS - does anyone else think this photo looks like the Momplex without walls? Just the freshly poured slab? </div><div><br></div><div>Not even close. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>There's no competing with nature.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div>