Pouring Concrete on the Lower Level

We poured the remaining concrete in the house today.  This should be the last of the concrete that we pour inside the house.  It felt good today.  Very good.

Pumping Concrete into the Lower Level

The day started early since we knew it would some time for the high-slag content concrete to set (we were using 70% slag).  We had lights in place and a ladder in the window well; we’re ready pump concrete.

The pour went quite well and, yes, the concrete was taking a while to set.

John Rider came by to see our progress to date and the concrete pour.  We have been working with John on this project since July 2008.  John always comes by for key events to see our progress.

We're ready to pump the first truck. Note the plastic to simplify the cleanup.

We’re ready to pump the first truck.  Note the plastic to simplify the cleanup.

Starting to place the colored concrete in the lower level.

Starting to place the colored concrete in the lower level.

The floor of the pantry is ready for concrete.

The floor under the pantry is ready for concrete.

Looking from up above as we're pouring concrete.

Looking from up above as we’re pouring concrete.

John Rider came by to observe the pour and see our progress.

John Rider came by to observe the pour and see our progress.

Second truck arrives with more colored concrete.

Second truck arrives with more colored concrete.

Our PEX (for the radiant heating) is holding constant pressure at 100 psi (this is good!).

Our PEX (for the radiant heating) is holding constant pressure at 100 psi (this is good!).

Pouring the final 'strip' in the center of the atrium, going through the Snack Area to the door.

Pouring the final ‘strip’ in the center of the atrium, going through the Snack Area to the door

Preparing to screed the final area in the center.

Preparing to screed the final area in the center.

The floor under the panty is completed.

The floor under the panty is completed.

As expected, the concrete was taking a long time to set.

As expected, the concrete was taking a long time to set.

The lights that we planned for were put to good use. The high-slag concrete (70%) takes a long time to set.

The lights that we planned for were put to good use. The high-slag concrete (70%) takes a long time to set.

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