Thursday, August 09, 2007
Ahhh, the smell of concrete at dawn.... It was like the moments leading up to a big race: Stayed up late going over last minute details. Couldn't sleep, as I worried all night about how tomorrow would turn out. Get up at 4:30am with butterflies in my stomach. Head outside at dawn to do a few final prep tasks and clear the area around the slab. Keith and crew showed up around 6:30am and the first of two cement truck pulled in at 7am. The mud starts flowing shortly thereafter. I tried to help out as much as possible, but was mostly just staying out of their way since the guys have this process pretty well choreographed from years of experience. I was praying that the pathway form didn't break and that the hydronic system held pressure during the pour. Everything went well and by 9am we had a foundation. A couple of the guys stayed until lunchtime to trowel the slab smooth while I removed the spreaders from the pathway form so they could get inside and work. Nice job, guys!