40 Cubic Yards + 48 Hours = Wow!

I had considered writing several posts this week as the team was really crushing it.  If we can get concrete reliably, we will be really picking up the pace. In the last post, Shiraz and his team spent the first 4 days forming the cistern slab, the stem walls for the tower villa and footings for the 1st of 2 pool side 2BR/2BA villas.   The team was ready for the pour on Friday which went off perfectly.  While we did not get all the concrete we requested, we did get most of it.  5 Trucks with very nice ready mix were delivered in the morning and on time.  Each mixer truck can hold 10 cubic yards, but due to the steep slope of our terrain down here, 8 is really the maximum so we ended up with 40 total yards.   Quite a change from our first pour in pitch dark!  Here's the pump truck which takes the cement from the mixer truck and pumps it through a series of pipes to where it is needed. It's a beautiful Friday, and time for the pour. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender_13 Pump Truck[/caption] Here's the first mixer backing up to the pumper truck's hopper.  Game on! [caption id="attachment_1433" align="aligncenter" width="480"]img_0198 Cement![/caption] Here's a short video of the pouring process.  The guys are wrestling the hose like a big anaconda full of grey gold.

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And, viola!  The finished product.

[caption id="attachment_1432" align="alignnone" width="640"]fullsizerender_14 Cistern slab complete[/caption] The tower villa was next in queue and it went smoothly. [caption id="attachment_1438" align="alignnone" width="640"]img_0209 Walkway substrate and rear stem wall[/caption] The tower also received its share and we had just enough to complete the job. [caption id="attachment_1437" align="alignnone" width="640"]img_0208 Tower Stem Wall[/caption] We were also able to pour the footings for the tower villa we were not able to complete on our first pour. [caption id="attachment_1439" align="alignnone" width="640"]img_0210 Tower Villa Column Footing[/caption] On Saturday morning, we added an additional 4 men to the crew.  Along with our core team, they spent the day removing the forming from the freshly poured concrete. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignnone" width="640"]img_0238 Stripping the forms from the stem walls[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1443" align="alignnone" width="640"]img_0239 Stripping the forms from the Tower[/caption] The guys also were able to begin forming the interior form for the cistern walls. [caption id="attachment_1444" align="aligncenter" width="480"]img_0244 Beginning to form the upper 1BR Cistern[/caption] Sunday...  What a difference a day makes... Here is the a portion of the interior wall form for the cistern wall.  Notice the rods extending from the plywood forms. [caption id="attachment_1468" align="aligncenter" width="480"]fullsizerender_1 Interior of upper 1BR Cistern being formed[/caption] These stirrups keep a proper distance two layers of plywood.  Of course, they also provide support against the weight of the concrete between the plywood forms. [caption id="attachment_1467" align="aligncenter" width="480"]fullsizerender Stirrups for maintaining proper distance between form layers[/caption] This is a really tall cistern, but will give the upper 1BR villa epic views. [caption id="attachment_1472" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender_5 This cistern will supply the Tower Villa and Upper 1BR[/caption] The team also made good progress in forming the slab for the tower villa.  You can also see the forms for the columns in the upper left of the picture. [caption id="attachment_1474" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender_7 Forming the floor slab and support columns for the tower villa[/caption] The walkway to the tower villa has been completed for this phase of the build. [caption id="attachment_1473" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender_6 Walkway and rear Tower villa stem wall[/caption]   That's about it for this week!  We have a barge arriving on Tuesday with 18 tons of steel, multiple bundles of plywood and about 500 2x4's. The next pour is scheduled a week from Friday and we're targeting  the tower villa slab and porch, walls and porch and the 1BR cistern walls.