Monday, July 27, 2015

Concrete Flatwork

The concrete flatwork has been spread out over many days.

We started with filling in the porches. This had to be done before the columns could be installed.

Next up, was the large driveway. This was done in four sections. It has been so hot, and we only have two guys working, that the concrete would dry too fast. I would have preferred more guys on the job, but it’s a lesson learned.

Next up was the sidewalk. I made a funky shape for the sidewalk that leads to Mom’s porch. It breaks it up from the normal.

The front walkway was poured on a separate day. It starts narrow, but then opens up as you approach the house. This allows the stairs that lead down to be wide and match the width of the front door.

We had to replace two sections of cracked sidewalk. These were cracked before we began construction and weren’t bad cracks. But we’ve been told the City Engineering Department will do an inspection and ave us repair it.

The back “courtyard” is raised and I love it! To get down into the yard, there will be steps that go all the way across the curve. We needed to create a footer for the steps. Each time we used a curve, the form was made from baseboard remnants. They were easy to bend.

We also made pads for the HVAC units. One will be behind our fence line, but the other is on the side of the house everyone will see, so we have to create a screen. This meant the pad had to be larger. The code requires so much space on sides of the HVAC unit.

Our water shut-off valve was in the way, so we had the plumber come move it. Luckily, he is prompt.

We didn’t do anything fancy for our concrete. I did request a certain pattern for the walkways, but it wasn’t done. Then when they asked, they said they’d have to buy a special tool, but they were an hour away from pouring. I ended up saying, “forget it.”

I did learn many things about the grading and fault lines with regards to concrete.

Our back patio was raised so that we have virtually no step into the house.

And protruding corners are where concrete likes to crack, so you want to create a fault line to ease the pressure. Inverted corners are less prone.

We ran pipes underneath the concrete to allow the irrigation to go under walks and drives, downspout pipes and our cable company can run their line under the driveway easy.

It’s pretty cool we can drive on the driveway now. I still forget at times, but I am getting better at

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