Sunday, July 29, 2012

Look at me, I am iFlying!

I went to iFly with my brother and his two sons for his youngest sons birthday and we had a blast!  I think everyone needs to try this at least one time.  We each got 2 turns at 1 min 15 seconds each, it is expensive, but worth the experience.  In the picture I am floating all by myself, the trainer is there to help if you get off balance, he gives you hand signals to help you get in the right position.  At one point I went up above the windows and was spinning around, it was so fun.  We have a video of it and I will try and get it up on here soon. 
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Perfect day for cement work on the pond

Yesterday I went and bought rebar and got it put in the forms, as you can see by my hands, I probably should have worn gloves.
It is hard to see it, but it is in there, the rebar is sitting on little rebar holder thingy's that keep it off the ground.  I bought 14 10' pieces and only ended up with a couple of feet left over, I thought I did pretty good.  Craig cut the shorter pieces for me.
We went to Lowe's this morning and picked up 60 80lb bags of cement, we had to pick it up 10 bags at a time because that is all my Jeep could handle, so 6 trips later this is what we had, 4,800 lbs of cement.
Craig mixed while I shoveled it into the forms.  I am really glad we did all of that digging because it physically prepared me for this part, Craig was a trooper, he doesn't share the same enthusiasm for this as I do, but he helps and supports my crazy projects anyway.
You can kind of see how the rebar is suspended in the cement here.
Whoo hoo, finished and in 6 hours from leaving for our first trip to Lowe's till done and cleaned up, we rock!  We ended up only needing 50 bags of cement, but we will need more anyways for the rest of the project.  I am sooooo excited, can't wait to start building the walls.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Footing forms done!

Got my footing forms finished yesterday, what a PITA, they don't look real pretty, but they are level and that is what is most important.
Everytime I thought I was level I would go back and recheck and it was off a little so I would have to start again.
The curves are the hardest because if your stakes aren't perfecty level then the whole thing is off.
I just need to get rebar and place it, then comes the cement, I may have to save a few more pennies before I can do the next step, I am guessing like 75 bags of cement, but I could be wrong, I need to actually measure it.
An 80 lb bag of cement should go about a foot in the form.
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