July 7, More Wall progress

After the fill was distributed, on Tuesday I had a load of cement gravel delivered and got a small batch of portland cement to mix and pour the bonding layer in the base layer of blocks. Also order the delivery of the rest of the blocks needed to complete the walls for Thursday. Worked away at the cement pour with an interruption when the blocks arrived. Finished the last segment of the cement pour on Sunday afternoon, and on Monday, after a run into London to get a back support began to stack the first section of “real” wall.

The cement mixing station, on the driveway with gravel on the fill between garage and house.

The cement mixing station, on the driveway with gravel on the fill between garage and house.

Delivering the last batch of blocks for completing the walls.

Delivering the last batch of blocks for completing the walls.

All the blocks on the house slab, ready for the heavy lifting!

All the blocks on the house slab, ready for the heavy lifting!

All the block on site, and puddles from the rain that arrived the next day.

All the block on site, and puddles from the rain that arrived the next day.

Sunday afternoon, the last section of blocks with cement poured.

Sunday afternoon, the last section of blocks with cement poured.

Monday afternoon, front wall of garage workshop to the window sill level.

Monday afternoon, front wall of garage workshop to the window sill level.

Status of wall on Tuesday evening.

Status of wall on Tuesday evening.

Loking at he back of the wall Tuesday.

Loking at he back of the wall Tuesday.

Wednesday evening, windows taking shape.

Wednesday evening, windows taking shape.

Wednesday, beginning the East wall of the garage.

Wednesday, beginning the East wall of the garage.

North wall of garage Saturday with scaffold in place.

North wall of garage Saturday with scaffold in place.

East Wall of Garage Saturday night.

East Wall of Garage Saturday night.

Tuesday July 21, East Wall of garage to window top.

Tuesday July 21, East Wall of garage to window top.

Tuesday July 21, East wall of garage through big door.

Tuesday July 21, East wall of garage through big door.

Tuesday July 21, inside North wall, scaffold in place.

Tuesday July 21, inside North wall, scaffold in place.

Friday July 24, North wall, at full height, half of re-inforcing cores and window lintels filled with concrete.

Friday July 24, North wall, at full height, half of re-inforcing cores and window lintels filled with concrete.

Friday July 24, East wall at full height, with cover to keep out rain.

Friday July 24, East wall at full height, with cover to keep out rain.

Friday July 24, inside North wall, scaffold with 'sky hook' for pouring cement cores.

Friday July 24, inside North wall, scaffold with 'sky hook' for pouring cement cores.

July 25, Mike on the wall pouring cement into the reinforced columns.

July 25, Mike on the wall pouring cement into the reinforced columns.

 A better view of Mike working the the bucket.

A better view of Mike working the the bucket.

July 26, View of the scaffold and "skyhook" ready to begin pour of the east wall.

July 26, View of the scaffold and "skyhook" ready to begin pour of the east wall.

Finished pour on the east wall.

Finished pour on the east wall.

Finished, poured, north and east walls. Bond beam will be poured later.

Finished, poured, north and east walls. Bond beam will be poured later.

July 27, Partially stacked west wall.

July 27, Partially stacked west wall.

Rebar in the top course, part of the bond beam reinforcement.

Rebar in the top course, part of the bond beam reinforcement.

Rebar detail at door lintel, rebar at top in bond beam, and 20 mm rebar below across the lintel bottom.

Rebar detail at door lintel, rebar at top in bond beam, and 20 mm rebar below across the lintel bottom.

July 30, West wall stacking completed, ready to pour.

July 30, West wall stacking completed, ready to pour.

West wall beginning pour of columns and lintels.

West wall beginning pour of columns and lintels.

August 2, Sunday; the column and lintel pour is complete on West wall, south wall columns nearly done to top of windows. Narrow columns poured at 6 courses high for stability, the rest will be poured when the lintels are poured.

August 2, Sunday; the column and lintel pour is complete on West wall, south wall columns nearly done to top of windows. Narrow columns poured at 6 courses high for stability, the rest will be poured when the lintels are poured.

August 4. Tuesday; coming down the home stretch on the south wall of the garage.

August 4. Tuesday; coming down the home stretch on the south wall of the garage.

Details of the steel put into the lintels, the larger rebar gives more strength to the poured concrete in the lintel blocks.

Details of the steel put into the lintels, the larger rebar gives more strength to the poured concrete in the lintel blocks.

Top of a narrow column, with lintel steel going over the top of each window lintel bounded by the column.

Top of a narrow column, with lintel steel going over the top of each window lintel bounded by the column.

Tuesday night, The garage wall is completely stacked, lintel steel in place and column steel tomorrow.

Tuesday night, The garage wall is completely stacked, lintel steel in place and column steel tomorrow.

August 5, Wednesday, I finished putting the steel into the columns and was ready to start the pour. I was checking out the skyhook and discovered the switch was not controlling the winch, in fact the winch was not working. Spent the next 3 hours dissembling the switch, cleaning the contacts and extablishing that the switch was not the problem. A bit of investigation with my voltohmeter determined that the real problems was corrosion on the battery terminal. Cleaned that up and now it was all ready to go, but too late for Wednesday. On Thursday had a really long day, starting about 9 AM and finally cleaning up and putting the tools away at 9:45 PM. Poured all the cores on the south wall, and the bond beam for south and east walls. Was one tired puppy! Friday put in a much shorter day, and by 4:30 PM had the remaining two walls of bond beam poured and the steel bolts for fastening the truss nailing plate embedded in the cement. Primary structure of the garage walls is complete; surface bonding cement for additional strength, waterproofing and the finish surface on the inside is yet to be applied.

Looking in through the garage door, north to south all columns and bond beams poured.

Looking in through the garage door, north to south all columns and bond beams poured.


West wall of garage structure complete.

West wall of garage structure complete.

South window wall of garage with columns and bond beam poured.

South window wall of garage with columns and bond beam poured.

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