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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/3/2009

Finally there's a Lot Of Stuff Happening!

Back when we first broke ground, and then later when the main excavation was underway, things were very exciting--things were getting dug and dirt was being moved.  But then everything rather coasted to a slow crawl of tree cutting and chipper work while the construction loan process ground slowly along.

But boy!  Give Builder Dale a couple of good weather days and he can start to make things happen!

I ran up today to download weather data and to see how things were going.  Colleen and Builder Dale had been busy since yesterday and I've been wisely staying out of the way, figuring there was more than enough things going on without having me underfoot.  I got there just at sundown and was very impressed--they've done a lot of work (at least to my eye) and things are moving along nicely.  More trenches have been dug where the step-downs need to go, and the workers have begun to install the boards for the footers along the back of the kitchen and into the master bedroom/bathroom area.  In the next day or two they'll finish installing the forms, tie in the rebar, and then the first pour will happen.  As of this writing they're not sure when that will be--if we continue to have good weather and things move along nicely it could be this Friday (the 6th).

The same truck that brought up the rebar also brought up the main interior stone for the masonry heater.  This isn't the firebrick (at least it doesn't seem like it to me), just the stuff that goes "between" the firebrick (on the inside) and the veneer (on the outside). They had some trouble though, since parts of the site are a bit muddy, and so the truck ended up getting stuck!  Builder Dale and a couple of the footer folks had to unload the brick by hand and stack it in a more-or-less out of the way location for now.

Pics are all below.

Hmmmm... let's see, what else?  The propane tank complete with field fittings for use on a work site (as opposed to with a house) gets delivered later this week and will probably take up position near the brick.  Needing propane this early is an unfortunate side effect of not being able to start until winter is nearly upon us, but the crews will need heaters and such to warm up between periods of work.

Dang this is great fun!

Steven in Colorado Springs


The truck that brought up the bricks got stuck goodly... it's muddy down that slope.
Builder Dale running around in his trencher, digging out more footers.
Footers along the apartment area. Colleen is standing more or less next to the well.
Another shot down the length of the house.
Colleen walking down towards the living room area.
The stack of masonry brick from that stuck truck.

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