Workshop construction from dream to reality. #5: The big pour

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Blog entry by DalyArcher posted 06-13-2016 09:53 PM 1931 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, 17 yards all placed by wheelbarrow. I simply could not commit myself to the extra $1000.00 I was quoted for a pump truck. My friends scoffed when I relayed the estimated costs to them and all unanimously responded with “I have a wheelbarrow”.

A date was set, men recruited and at 8:30 on Saturday morning the first truck arrived.

Initially there were only 4 of us and after the first 5 or 6 wheelbarrows were dumped, it was looking like we were going to be there a while. By 9 oclock though there were 8 of us manning wheelbarrows and starting to screed. The truck was empty by 9:35.

It was around this time that speculation began to rise that we were perhaps not quite halfway full. No time to make adjustments for the next truck as it was already pulling into the driveway. 45 minutes later, all worry was cast aside as were full up.

a quick screed and run of the bull float. Made a few necessary impressions:

and by noon we were cracking beers, eating pulled pork sandwiches and enjoying hot cinnamon buns.

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#1 posted 06-14-2016 11:08 AM

Looks great. I have done this myself with wheel barrows quite a few times and it’s not too bad, especially if you have a lot of help. I’m pretty sure you must be enjoying seeing your shop dream become a reality.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 11:59 AM

WOw, that’s a LOT of concrete to haul “manually”. Looks good in the end though.

I was gonna ask if your little buddy was helping while everybody was doing wheelbarrow duty, but I see he made an appearance in the last picture.

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 04:01 PM

That is a lot of concrete!

The worst thing about all the manual labor vs. a pump truck is once you get started, you cannot stop. Setting concrete waits for no man!

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