Today Jean, Dad and I did a lot. Yeah.
This morning, Jean and I went to Home Despot to pick up 55 8″x8″x16″ block to finish up the interior weight bearing footings. We also picked up the 6 mm vapor barrier for the concrete pad. A couple hours later, we made it back to Hearthwood and began laying block.
At the same time, Jean and I took the markings on the base plates for the ROUS’s and I notched places in the block wall for them. Then we nailed the anchors to the base plates and put the boards back.
Later in the day, Bob came over to lend a hand, which we MUCH appreciated. Dad finished up doing the interior coarse of block and began bringing gravel to the site from our ten-ton cache.
Jean, Bob and I made a good team lifting the boards, slopping in “mud” (mortar) and placing the boards back into place on the walls.
As the light waned, we made a valiant effort in filling the gravel up to the bottom of the screed boards, but we’ll need a bit more. We made a great deal of progress today and are right on schedule!
Next, we finish the gravel and then put down and the vapor barrier. And then the mesh wire we got free from our neighbor Victor (Thanks Victor!), who had some extra from his business.
We’re gearing up for the pad pour this week and will hopefully be putting up the basement walls and beginning the interior framing next weekend, so if you’re up for manual labor, let us know!