|Waffle Pod installation - photo sent to me by me concreters|
|Steel reinforcing installed - photo sent to my by my concreters|
The Termimesh installer put the stainless steel mesh around the pipe penetrations and across the control joints. This is to provide a physical barrier against termites entering the house unseen through these areas. I preferred to use Termimesh over a chemical barrier.
Because we are having a polished concrete slab the Engineers specified additional steel mesh reinforcement and stiffer concrete (32MPa). Where the hall joins the middle and back pavilions together there was a weak point and so control joints were put in. The hall will be poured tomorrow. The other possible weak section is where the front and middle pavilions join, so extra steel was specified here.
|Early in the morning- Formed up ready for the pour|
|Lots of steel in that tricky join|
Early this morning I heard the rumble of the concrete pump arriving. It was like something out a Bob the Builder episode, and the concrete pump was enormous - and bright yellow.
|My car and the garage look tiny next to the huge concrete pump|
|The concrete pump had a long reach - right across the block|
|Starting with the front pavilion|
|Moving on to the middle pavilion - excavator in the background is|
providing bracing for the formwork where the soil was soft from
the removal of the tree roots
|Levelling and screeding|
|Finishing up at the back pavilion|
The concrete had a little bit of colour added, so that when it is polished it does not have that typical light grey concrete colour. But we did not go too far from the natural colour of concrete, choosing Onyx 3% from the Concrete Colour Systems colour chart, which is a dark grey. We will not be able to see how it will look until the concrete is polished and sealed.
|All finished - except the hall - A job well done|