On Wednesday we poured all but three of the remaining caissons (we have ten total!). I missed the crane putting the steel into the ground but was able to get to the site before the concrete trucks. This wasn’t too hard as the trucks where over an hour and a half late. Here you can see the two cassions for the bottom corners fo the house. The second one is a bit hidden by the dirt. Once these are poured and we have fixed the grading there will be concrete and steel grade beams which connect these. All the caissons will be connected via grade beams. Then stem walls will be built on top of which we will do framing. Here is an example of grade beams connecting to a caissons. The stem wall is then built up over the grade beam. Since we where waiting for the truck Sean had the guys build some steps after he took a nasty fall. All that loose dirt is slippery! We had to close off Las Flores Canyon in one direction for the trucks. By the time the concrete arrived the radios the guys where using had run out of batteries! This is what concrete guys do when trucks are late! This is what the steel guys do, they call and ask where the F*** is the mud! Finally! The truck arrives, we had a truck schedule to come every 1/2 hour and had seven trucks total schedule to come on Wednesday. Before anyone can start the inspector has to take samples, however, the samples are tested off site. Which begs the question, what does one do if the samples fail the compression tests? The concrete is poured into the pump and carried via hoses down to the caisson holes. The guys are pouring the concrete in to the holes and holding the caisson cage upright as the concrete goes in. It takes two trucks of concrete before you can even see the stuff coming towards the top of the hole. Here it is at the end of the day. There where 5 total done on wednesday. Wednesday evening was beautiful! You could see Catalina and Palos Verdes from our lot. Once this house is done it is going to be beautiful to live up here. Looking back up the lot, some day we will be out of the ground and have a structure!
I’m working on the latest update which should go out later today. In the meantime I thought I’d upload some pictures of the steel which will hold our house up. The guys did some impressive work, this is some serious hardware!