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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 9/5/2016

After a week and a half on the road, through Missouri, Nashville with the trailer, and then to Texas to see our daughter at the Barrel Race project, we are back in Angel Fire and I can't say enough how happy we are to be back in cooler temps. The trip had started out warm, but had gotten progressively hotter and humid, with the several days in Texas having us vow NEVER to visit there again in the summer. We really mean it. Just beastly hot and humidity in the upper 80s.


So being great weather, today I started laying up the cement pilaster blocks for the deck pillars. They are roughly 16" square with a hollow center that when stacked, I'll fail with concrete and rebar. But, there was a slight problem. We had expected the walls of them to be around an inch and a half like regular cement blocks, living a 13" opening. When Concrete John poured the footers, we set rebar with that in mind. When I tried to place the blocks on the footers, the rebar was spread just a tad too far to get the block set over it. So I had to take a 4" diamond saw blade on my angle grinder, gouge out four sections at the bottom of the first block on every footer. Then bend the rebar inward to allow the block to set down in place. A pain to be sure, but it worked. Started stacking the rest of the blocks, but at $50 each I got about half set before I quit. I'd have used to Skytrac to help move them, but the framer has the key. I'll get it tomorrow and use it to get the others over to the footers and also to get them lifted up as I can only do about 4' by hand. Some of the pillars are 12' tall.

Been deciding whether to mix concrete by hand and fill them with a bucket or get a trick and a line pump. Really only about a yard and a half of concrete, but a truck would be significantly less work for sure. But it would also be significantly more expensive. I've got a day to think about it. Better get it sorted out.

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Last afternoon shot of the house now that the fourth floor is on. We'll add 2" of foam over the sheathing to seriously cut back on the amount of heat lost through the studs.



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