Friday, May 29, 2009

finally some shade - Memorial Day weekend

The panel deck form work for the basement ceilings/garage and house floors goes in [mostly]DAY 1 SATURDAY - sawing the patterns into the concrete floor in the basement bedroom.
Measuring it up.
The saw - with diamond tipped blade.
The saw couldn't quite get to the edges - needed an angle grinder with no guard and a diamond tipped blade - at 10000 rpm you can bet I was concentrating.
Litterbugs - styrofam that needed to be removed for the basement ceiling slab.
First piece of the ceiling formwork
The first panel-deck pieces go in
Temporary shoring walls go in
More panel deck goes up

Plywood to protect the bedroom floor
Spring wildflowers on our place

Aquilegia formosa

Western columbine (Buttercup family)

Iris tenax

Sisyrinchium angustifolium Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass (Iris family) Sidalcea sp - mallows

Panel deck trapeze
Getting there
More goes into place over the laundry
Discussing the next bit
A [few] days work
WEDNESDAY - a mornings work for me

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An irridescense of irises - on a big day

Iridescent irises invoking intimations of incomparably inviting summer daysGetting prepared in the frost of a clear late spring morning - just after 6:30 am.
Yet another concrete pump.
All that work to set the radiant floor tubing starts to disappear.
Getting it to grade.
More concrete.
Starting to smooth it out.
Into the middle room, covering the radiant artwork.
Fillin' up the garage basement,

Smoothing it out.
The extra concrete into some extra formwork - creating stepping stones and test squares for trying out different concrete stains.

Smoothing - with big floater kneepads.
Hand prints - ours
His helicopter won't fly.
Sawing the expansion joints.

Finished - just wetting it down to even out the cure.

Another job - cleaning the oxidized styrofoam so the waterproofing membrane will stick.
Our ever present friends on hot days - big turkey vultures.
First time we've seen that corner since mid-December thanks to E's hard and heavy shovelwork.