Monday, October 8, 2012

Foundation Pour

We showed up early to check out the foundation being poured. There was already one concrete mixer and a pump truck in place to fill the frames with the mix. There were several workers; one working the pump, another following with a vibrator to get all of the air out of the mix, and a third worker keeping a close eye on the frames and tapping on the outside of the frames to dislodge any air bubbles.
Our builder Sugimoto-san was supervising as well. He told us that there would be 5-6 loads of concrete necessary to fill our enormous foundation! We had no idea! We hung around for 4 truck loads. It was quite a site to see the coordination of the trucks arriving and leaving and all of the workers doing their jobs.

Even Motoki was impressed.
 Anchor bolts.
 The pump rig in action.
 A view from across the pond.
 Here are a couple panoramic shots.

A little clip of the action.
video

The concrete will harden and cure for 3-4 days and then the frames will be removed. We're pretty excited. 

The foundation was one of the most expensive single things of the construction, so it has been satisfying to see the level of quality and work that went into it.

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