Monthly Archives: September 2015

Columns and Beams- 3, Project, Sept 26, 2015

Hi everyone! Having installed the column in the previous post, we are now ready to install the form for the beam. Both of the forms have to withstand the pressures generated by the liquid concrete.  The column will have to … Continue reading

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Columns and Beams 2 – project Sept 25, 2015

Unfortunately, our photographer (Richard) did not take any good photos of the construction of the column, but I have taken some today and will insert them into the post. You will remember that the front of the column has the … Continue reading

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Columns and Beams 1 – project, Sept 25, 2015

There is a lot to review prior to your project….I would like to try and synthesize the past week into a pithy post that will touch all the bases, but it will take more than one post – how many?….let’s see how … Continue reading

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Concrete Flatwork (Columns?), Sept 22, 2015

So I did get an “official” request from a loyal reader: he wants me to comment on floating a slab on grade, sometimes referred to as “flatwork”. I showed you the formwork and double ties a few posts ago, and … Continue reading

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Of Jesus and Concrete!! Sept 21, 2015

I’m on a roll!! This is the third crazy post in three days…will it be the last? Stay tuned and see! I was provoked to think of statues and other materials after yesterday’s post and remembered seeing a video about … Continue reading

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Of Jesus and Dovetails, Sept 20, 2015

Wow, 2 frivolous posts in a row! Those of you who know me will understand immediately that this is not a religious subject as I am not religious at all. I was drinking my morning coffee and glanced at a … Continue reading

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Of formwork and spiders, Sept 19, 2015

Sometimes life just distracts us from the job at hand, which is exactly what happened on Friday when we were building our forms for concrete stairs…..some of you went outside to get a few studs and the next thing I … Continue reading

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