Friday, August 18, 2006

We passed our inspection yesterday afternoon, so the first of many cement trucks started showing up at 8:00 this morning.

Dennis and his crew from Jim Giancola Concrete actually started before the first truck arrived and made sure that all the Jahn "A" brackets were secured. He calculated that he'll need 82 yards of concrete for the walls. That's about 9 or 10 truckloads of cement!

Dennis is pouring the concrete in three passes. The first time around, he is only filling the form about half way. The second time, he'll fill it to the top. And the third time, he'll top it off. As he fills the form, two of his crew members follow him with an agitator which helps the concrete settle without too many voids.

The last picture shows some of the cylinders used by DCI (Dynamic Consultants, Inc.) for casting concrete samples. Once the samples have cured, they will take them back to the laboratory for testing.

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