Monday, May 7, 2012

concrete pour #2

After successfully pouring the front step with Quikrete bags last weekend we decided to tackle the massive step up to our kitchen door. We hoped it would go as smoothly as the front step and it almost did. Let's take a look shall we.

Now this thing is huge. We decided to fill the center of our form with rocks and dirt so as to not have to use so much concrete. Then we calculated the amount of bags we would need and headed to Lowe's. Once back home we covered the gaps at the bottom of the form with road base and then got to mixing concrete.

 Man those 80lb bags really take it out of you. Once the bottom step was just about filled we realized we didn't have nearly enough bags. Crap. So while Nick ran back to Lowe's for 25 more bags I stayed home to mix and pour the remaining 4 bags. Concrete is a messy and intense job.

When we removed the top forms that sat on the bottom step we ran into a bit of a problem, the wood made a very large dent in the step. Crap. So we scrambled to find any extra concrete that was still wet enough to fix the mistake. We eventually got it all smoothed out and were so happy with the result.

We used a total of 58 bags. It was a long and grueling process, but once we started pulling those forms off to reveal a beautiful finish it was all worth it. We started pouring around 2pm and finally walked back into the house around 8:30pm. It was one long day.

Progress people. Progress.

Friday, May 4, 2012

concrete pour.

Last Saturday we decided that instead of renting a small pull-behind trailer of concrete we would go the Quikrete bag route. So Nick headed to Lowe's and picked up 30 bags and a new wheelbarrow. 

Before we could get pouring however we had to finish up a few things with the forms. First Nick had to drill holes in the existing concrete for the rebar. We had a few helpers too.

Once all of the rebar was in we were ready to start mixing concrete.

We decided to just mix two bags at a time. Then Nick would shovel it into the forms. Once the wheelbarrow was empty I would start mixing two more bags up while Nick smoothed the concrete in the forms.

It all went surprisingly smooth considering we weren't so lucky with our first experience with concrete. It really helped to have a brand new wheelbarrow and to be doing it outside with little worry of spilling it.

After we were finished pouring the concrete Nick's boss stopped by who has about 10+ years of concrete experience. He was nice enough to stay and show Nick how to achieve a professional finish on our concrete step. 

This picture does not do this step justice. It turned out amazing. 

This weekend we plan on tackling the large step up to our kitchen door. Fingers crossed it goes as smooth.