|Please note: the back porch typically looks about 75% less trashy than this. All our projects are going on at once, leading to the junkification of the back yard. We are gradually putting it back to rights.|
Next, he built forms for the concrete. I didn't notice his good form when I took this picture. Ms. Dorothy, you should have had this boy in ballet! Look at that natural turnout! : )
Then he was done for the day. Or so he thought. While he was getting ready for his shower (don't think too hard on that one) I heard him start to grumble. After a few incoherent mumblings, I understood "Are you serious?" He stalked out of the house into the backyard, (no worries, he was still appropriately clothed) and I followed him to find out what was wrong.
He forgot to put the rebar in the concrete! He had the ones that tied the slabs together, but didn't lay the ones that make each new slab rigid. Oops! Thankfully, the concrete was still wet enough to work with.
The slabs had to set for twenty four hours before we could put any weight on them. Patrick finished the slabs on Saturday evening, so we ended up having to wait until the following weekend to continue work on the back porch. Fast forward to the next Saturday...
The installation process was pretty simple. He finished installing the first post before I could take pictures, but here he is measuring for the second post. The dog in the bottom right of the picture is my parents' dog, Baby. We were dog sitting while they went on a cruise. Must be nice! : )
What have you been working on lately?