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A Dozen men pour the new deck and stairs by Hand!  Almost...

This Wednesday morning, as Roxanne and I were on our second cup of coffee, 12 men arrived at 7:00 to begin pouring our new deck and stairs--all in one process!  Every man present has many years experience, and it is a testimony to Alfredo, our Foreman and Papa Noel, that he is able to convince them to work like slaves for only one day's work.

We also thank Shell and Marsha for allowing us the use of their professional concrete mixer--this mixer allowed our men to spend their energy loading the mixer with water, sand, gravel, and cement, and transporting it, not wasting their time and energy on the actual mixing...

Here they are just getting ready to fire up the mixer...They have also just brought all of these 110 pound bags of cement from the garage...

 

 

 

 

 

There are five men manning the mixer...two loading sand, two loading rock, and one loading each bag of cement.  This man is one of the several "wheelbarrow men" who must walk this load about 200 feet from the mixing area to the front of our house, all the while, making sure not to drop this toxic load on the grass...

 

These three men are manning the "burro" which is the platform used for handing up the many buckets of concrete... 

 

   

 

    

 Up top,  "Maestro" Alfredo supervises the pouring of the base pour over the concrete blocks and re-bar, and then the second pour, while everything is still wet, of the second tier.  Plus, he handles the "vibrator" to make sure that the concrete settles well with no gaps.

    

 

    

 

    

 

   

 

  

 

  

 Although a mess now, this man Silva, will make these stairs look like artwork, before he is done...

  

 

  

 This photo gives you an idea of the many jobs it takes to actually get concrete poured into the stairway form...The man on the left has a wheelbarrow, two men handle buckets, one man relays the bucket up, another man pours it in the form, and Alfredo makes sure it is done right...

 

   

 

   

 At the end of the pour, these five men are tasked with making sure that Shell and Marsha's equipment comes back cleaner than when it came in.

    We, and all the guys were so grateful to Shell and Marsha for the use the concrete mixer, that we wanted to make sure that it went back home in really good shape...take a look, as it sits and waits for Shell for a ride. 

 After inhaling cement dust for seven hours of back breaking work, you can bet that these men appreciate the taste of an ice cold beer!!!

 All in all, a very good day--it even wore out Coquita! 

 

Posted on Fri, May 11, 2012 at 03:15AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Looking good. Boy they sure work hard. Can't wait to see it all finished. Looking forward to those pics too.
Cheers,
Shelagh and Peter

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

wow that is some deck! A wonderful place to start more memories!

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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