This was a painful
summer. We had lots of concrete pours at
our house, and lots of pours at Gary &
We got off to a bad start when the concrete
truck couldn't make it up the hill. Boo hiss.
So now we're ready to
go again...this time we have Trent pumping for us.
We had plenty of crew on site with Cowboy leading the
team. It's a lot easier using a
pumper for concrete!
The brothers (Gary & Chip) are working
Nona happened to be visiting when we did our first pour.
Cowboy really knows what he is doing, but we certainly had
tough conditions with wind and sun.
The first pour is done; Big Keith comes back
and cuts the concrete control joints.
Chip stripped off the forms, while Zuni tested out the
second section of the driveway.
Chip installed the
dowels that connect the sections together.
Chip prepped the drainage boxes
so they could be poured with the next section.
Keith and Chip formed up drainage area and the next
section to be poured. Zuni loves the attention he
Zuni tested more of the
Clada and Chip installed the steel mess, rebar and
plastic. Ready for another pour!
The M&M crew plus Cowboy poured the next
section. This one was a challenge; the second truck
cancelled, but then
Clada were the Conform girls for most of the driveway
The third pour is done.
The third pour
was going so well, we decided to go for it and finish it
with just a truck and no pumper.
We had to scurry and put together the bottom of the
driveway so we could finish the fourth pour.
Cowboy and Chip measured the color by hand to
dump it in the truck.
Clada is so happy everyone agreed to work longer
and finish the pour rather than schedule another
one. Thanks, Cowboy!
We had to shovel up the excess cement, and later we picked
up all of the dried chunks. Then Keith cut in the
remaining control joints. Zuni was more than happy to test out the new
driveway. Clada had lots
of work to prep for landscaping, starting with
relocating the topsoil pile.
Then she had to pick up the excess gravel and
move it to the gravel pile.
The topsoil was moved by bucket to back fill the edge of
the driveway. Hills are especially tough to
Clada ran out of
topsoil before she got to the bottom of the hill, so this
remains a work in progress.
This was a lengthy project that Chip used his civil
Clada loves walking her bike down the driveway instead of
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