So. When we were working on the Mutton Busting house in Nashville, I swore I wouldn't mix concrete in a wheelbarrow ever again. This was after mixing somewhere around a hundred bags over the course of the project. Well I finally decided on mixing by hand for the pilasters instead of calling in a truck. Sandra said I was crazy. She's probably right. But with hand mixing, I could fill them halfway up, let it sit for a day and finish the pour the next. All without having to brace the stack of blocks that would have been required to pour all at one time. Now bracing would take time, and I'd have to drill into the bedrock to set the stakes for several of them. That was something I didn't want to have to do.
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So as crazy as it is, I went with mixing by hand. So far, 53 sacks to do the front pilasters. Have the side ones to do, but they are much shorter. In a week, they will have developed enough strength to go ahead and build the decks off of them. I can't wait to get them going. It's scary looking down from the third floor.