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Old 10-08-2007, 07:27 AM
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day seven here:

I stapled some trash bags to the wood flooring and then I built a frame around the edge of the block like so:
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:30 AM
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And then I made the framework on top of that...
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:34 AM
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The next step was to bend the rebar over and lay in some more rebar on top of that. the existing rebar was used to set the height of the rebar "mesh", I tried to get it right in the middle, about 2" off the floor...
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:38 AM
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now here is my favorite part so far; the EZ-UP Canopy. I bought some Christmas lights from the local drug store and hung it up in the Canopy. Now I have protection from any rain AND light at night when it comes time to build the dome. My razor phone camera doesnt work well at night, but the light net gives off a good amount of light and its spread out pretty good.
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Old 10-08-2007, 08:31 AM
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So far so good Steve.

When is the pour?

I love the idea of the canopy and lights.

I may have to give it a try.
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:04 AM
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i have two "lackies" comming over tonight to help me mix! I had to bribe them with "Live Oak Octoberfest".

No beer till the concrete is mixed...well, maybe one or two mixing by hand is just brutal, the more people the better...
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It's not so bad if you have a table and mix on the table. That way you can just pour it into the forms.

During my pour I started in the center and worked my way out. It worked well for me. The concrete all seemed to cure about the same time.


If I lived in Austin, I would bring the beer and a comfy lawn chair.




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Old 10-09-2007, 07:35 AM
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Ok...day eight of work 10/8/2007

I had a good buddy come over and work the hoe while i folded concrete with the shovel. we started at 630 and finished 15bags of 80lb quickcrete by 745pm. its not so bad with 2 people! I know it wont be as smooth of a top as what Dave has there in San Angelo, but I think it will do. I tried to get fancy with the angled trowel for the front. I even hammered the side of the form all the way around to try and get everything to be smooth on the side. Hell, im just happy the thing didnt fall under all the weight
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:13 AM
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Looks good!

See it wasn't so bad.........

I was wondering if you decided to go with a cantilever or not.......but I can now see that you did, and I think you will be pleased. The look is just better in my opinion.

So are you ready for the insulating layer?
It's much easier, except for those 94 lb bags of cement.

The excitement really starts to build when it becomes brick time. It is hard work, but I think it adds to the pride factor at the end.

I finally got my arch rebuilt and managed to lay about 4 or 5 courses. It sure isn't pretty. But I'm happy with it. Dang Les and Ken........I just can't cut the angles....

I've had some camera problems... But I will post some pics soon.

BTW - I was mixing my mortar by hand, but this weekend I went to HD and picked up a mixing attachment for my drill. It makes mixing quicker, easier, and I think more thoroughly. A wonderful $6 investment. You can find them in the paint aisles if you are interested.

Great Job!
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Steve, great progress and the photos do justice to what you are accomplishing. Great friend to help out, and to share the beer
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