Mud!

Hey folks, just a fast update as not a lot has happened in the last week.

I got Alfie’s shoe back on last Thursday, but it was clear my soil screening days were over for the season.  Everything is now just mud and the soil is not separating from the rock.  No worries, I finished almost all of it and should have enough screened soil to finish the backfill on the front of the garage and north side of the house once the concrete garage slab and basement stairs foundation has been poured.

Never a good day when you look down and see this!

Never a good day when you look down and see this!

Processed pile of rocks.  These will need to be screen again next summer when really dry.  Will use for various landscaping projects.

Processed pile of rocks (tallest point is about 7′). These will need to be screen again next summer when really dry. Will use for various landscaping projects.

Back yard is now a very muddy swimming pool.  No sense doing any tractor work in this.

Back yard is now a very muddy swimming pool. No sense doing any tractor work in this.

I spent most of the rest of the week in the office first of all finishing off the company finances and submitting my income and GST returns and then coming up with a plan for the garage slab forming.  I do not want to have to form the wall stub that juts up above the slab as a separate pour, so it is a bit of a challenge to support the formwork for the stub when unable to attach to anything on the inboard side.  It is further complicated by the fact that the slab slopes 2″ from back to front for drainage.  So I need to create pie shaped plywood forms for the inboard side of the south and north walls as I still want the wall stub to be flat (so I do not have to frame to a slopping surface).  I came up with the image below and started installing today.

Plan for garage wall stub formwork.  Green is already poured.  2x4 uprights will allow for inboard side of forms to be hung without any inside attachment.

Plan for garage wall stub formwork. Green is already poured. 2×4 uprights will allow for inboard side of forms to be hung without any inside attachment.

Starting the installation of the outboard forms for the garage slab and wall stub.  The uprights will provide the support to hang the inboard forms.

Working till dark to start the installation of the outboard formwork for the garage slab and wall stub. The uprights will provide the support to hang the inboard form.

The rest of the week will be spent on forming and hopefully by next week I will have the shoring sourced and start its install for the slab.  My goal is to have everything ready for inspection by the end of the month at the latest.

I will need to utilize this form of shoring to support the garage 10" thick slab.

I will need to utilize this form of shoring to support the garage 10″ thick suspended slab.

Thanks for visiting.

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” —Albert Camus (1913-1960) Author And Philosopher

“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” —Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth Psychologist

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) Poet, Critic

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2 Responses to Mud!

  1. Hi Sean,
    Hang in there with grit like a true “Cooter”!
    Richard

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