November 6-12

November 6 - Lonnie Pohl and his crew have been hard at work and the bond beams are formed up. You start to get a feel for the shape of the house as the doorways and larger windows become apparent.

November 6 - The rebar folks don't seem to be responding to our calls - there has been a big change in personnel and the guys that tied the rebar for the stem walls no longer work there. We take the job on ourselves with the help of Ken and Teresa.  It's an incredibly tedious job - cages every 16" on center, except over the doors and windows where the spacing drops to 9".  #6 rebar (3/4") is tied to each corner of each cage, with two ties, as required by code for redundancy. That works out to about 2000 ties.

For the uninitiated, each tie is a short length of wire with a loop on each end. The wire is twisted around the two pieces of rebar being held together.


Here's Elaine on top of the wall, tying away. She's holding up the special tool that makes tying tolerable. The handle has a metal shaft with an offset hook. The shaft rotates in the handle, making relatively quick work of tying. The job still is backbreaking, since you're leaning over the entire time, walking through the cages, scraping your shins.

November 10 - James, Elaine,  and I returned and finished up the tying. We had gotten off to a slow start the first day as we figured out our system, so even with two fewer people, we got almost as much today as the first day. We don't quite complete the job because we're short some rebar due to miscalculation by the rebar fabricator.