You are here
Basement walls go up
It's now in the middle of August. We have to hurry this along because the house has to be framed, roofed, and sided by October in order to have a dry house before the rains.
We finally are allowed to rent the forms for a mere $3200. It took 2 trips just to get them here. These forms are 2 foot by 8 foot metal frames with smooth wood - they weigh about 80 lbs each. You put them together a little like an erector set with wedges that pin them together. Here, you see a picture of the inside forms with the rebar that will be encased by the cement:
In the meantime, some guy takes his recycling seriously:
The door buck for the basement door is installed (notice all the rebar around it):
Finally the outside walls are put up, with scaffolding on the inside and a creative use for scaffolding planks around the outside:
I didn't get a picture of all of us (about 6) going around the outside with the line pumper putting in the cement and jiggling it - mostly because I was helping out by holding one of the jigglers.
Moment of truth when the first panel is removed:
And here it is in all of its glory:
A little problem getting the forms out without killing ourselves (we're all pretty exhausted by now). So we ended up renting an extending forklift: