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Forum topic by robscastle posted 07-23-2019 11:50 AM 516 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2019 11:50 AM

OK here I am age 68 and for some bizzare reason volunteered to be a brickies labourer for my No 2 Son in another part of his underhouse Storage area Doomsday bunker or whatever.

I spent two weeks wrangling concrete blocks, fetching and carrying stuff for a bricklayer and doing all the other logistics tasks involved with prepositioning concrete blocks before work and then cleaning tools and associated mixers and the like after work each day.

Once the Blockwork wall was finished it was then time to pump it full of blockfill concrete, this is a mix similar to porrige and it goes everywhere! Once that was finished and cleaned up I “goofed off” for 3 days while the concrete set. Returning then and back into it adding 7 tons of Blue metal behind the wall for a subterainan water drain.
The task was made even more difficult due to the floor directly overhead, I had to cut heaps of 20mm reo and join them to get the required certified heights and overlaps.

Its all finished up to installing the stairs, endfill wall to floor partitioning fit and insulate the ceiling and general fitout.

The area as it was prior to the block wall commencing.

The Block wall commencing and finishing.

Pumped full of blockfill concrete and finished.

The gap you can see between the black plastic sheeting and the Geo tech fabric is where the blue metal went in, the front was piped in by a 100 mm PVC pipe but the back area was by the bucket full which took 1.5 days full time.

BTW that smiley face was certainly not an image of me!

After it was completed I said to my Son I am never volunteering for that sort of job again.
As it was a real body wrecker for me. Sore knees, sore back, sore hips, sore arms, and overall very fatigueing, all so much I dont even think I could manage a beer at days end. Then add the fact while waiting for the concrete to go off I went to No1 Sons house for some R&R only to find my ex wife turns up there sick as a dog and in the process made everybody in the house sick as well, I didnt need that I assure you and refered to it as “Rosies Revenge”

However I am back home and almost fully recovered I stll ask myself how could I be so stupid!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-23-2019 12:32 PM

Well Rob, when it comes to our kids we all have what could be called a stupid volunteer job. It appears to have come out well -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 01:58 PM

im only 59 and hearing this story and seeing the pictures, im exhausted buddy-lol. glad your back we missed you.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 02:00 PM

I am sure it is really gratifying to see the progress but that looks too much like work to me. I usually do those sort of jobs with one hand (or recommend to my kids that they do) by just signing the check after it is done.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 07-23-2019 02:51 PM

I learned a long time ago….that I was way too old for concrete work… am merely the “Straw-Boss”.

Decks, on the other hand…..Carpentry is a little easier on the old body, than doing the Concrete stuff….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 07-23-2019 07:53 PM

The last time I did concrete work was about 50 years ago. I’m now 84 and never enjoyed doing concrete. I have my grown children living next door and The only assistance I give them is emotional and advisor. They now assist me when any hard work is involved. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?

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#6 posted 07-23-2019 10:29 PM

Rob, I too learned that I am too old for concrete about 20 years ago. Like you, I learned the hard way. Our minds keep thinking our bodies are younger than they are. Congratulations on making it through the ordeal.

The final job looks great. My advice? Rest and recover. Hope you have no permanent damage. Stick to woodworking projects and drink some beer.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-23-2019 10:58 PM

im surprised no one said nothing about them crazy looking block you were laying :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 07-23-2019 11:03 PM

Mad, I tell you. The man is mad.

Good job sticking it out, Rob.

Tony, I think you’re looking at them umop-apisdn.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 07-23-2019 11:32 PM

Morning Aussie Rob,
Good to see you back on board.
68 years of age, you do OK at that mate.
The only thing Im having difficulty in understanding is that you couldn’t manage a beer at days end.
I have heard though that ex wives make people sick, fortunately I,ve never had one.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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#10 posted 07-24-2019 01:44 AM

I noticed that too Tony it’s only half a block. Who carried the bags?

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#11 posted 07-24-2019 05:49 AM

The picture of the bricklayer setting the last block:-
At the edge of the carport there is/was a slab, the half size blocks you see are only around the edge of the carport, the reason I cut them in half was to allow the new slab to sit above the half height blocks.
the standard size blocks are set in the row below.
The reason they are “H” blocks was to allow fittment around the reo and not have to slide them down over the bar from the top. the exception was in the corners where “A” blocks were fitted. An “A” block is visible at the smiley face picture.
Normally block walls are built without and obstruction from above and enclosed blocks are used the reo Bar is dropped in in one length from above, block fill occurs and the wall continues
This picture should help explain it more clearly.
Directly next to the service conduits is a section of the existing slab where it was cut out, then looking to the right the step up can be seen.

Who carried the bags of cement? guess who!

Oh I forgot to mention Larry helped me mix the concrete, that should keep #10 thinking for a while

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 07-24-2019 08:19 PM

Did they at least cut you some slack and get the 60lb bags?

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#13 posted 07-25-2019 10:32 PM

Rob, you in Queensland, AU, what kind of Doomsday do you think COULD get to you?

Tornados? Earthquakes? A-Bombs? Missile attacks?

Sure looks like a good solid panic room!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 07-27-2019 01:38 AM

“BTW that smiley face was certainly not an image of me!“
Which smiley face? The one with whiskers or the one drawn in the concrete?

-- God bless, Candy

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