The milking facility floor pour went miraculously!
On Friday morning, June 11th, Abel, Chris, Eugene, Niko, Jamin, and myself poured a fairly complex slab like professionals. I ordered 9 yards ($128/yd from PreMix in Pullman), and we used 8.5 of it. Preparation was painfully slow, lasting a full week. Delays came primarily from the ground being too soft to compact until we added some 10 inches of 3/4minus everywhere. Jesse came to deliver a 30,000 pound load (~12.5 yards) Wednesday afternoon, allowing us enough gravel to get the entire 600sqft area graded and compacted late Wednesday with the Jumping Jack Compactor. Thursday morning early, the kiddos and I trenched 10 inches below the gravel surface to add vertical 2" foam board around conditioned spaces, and by noon, we knew we were cutting it close. Eugene and Paul came over to help. Eugene left at 8PM promising to come back early before the pour the next morning. We had all the foam set, and the perimeter formed, but still did not have enough rebar. A 4:30AM start for Kyra and I Friday was too little too late; we did not have enough rebar anyway, and I did not have needed skills to install the concrete forms for interior walls.
Jamin arrived around 7:40 with some rebar promising himself he would not take on the stress of a poorly managed project. Niko arrived soon after, then Abel, who had made a run to Pullman for rebar early. We had all the needed supplies and scrambled frantically to get it installed in time for the 8:30AM scheduled truck arrival. All appeared futile to me, Jamin, and Eugene, though we only conferred on the matter later. Somehow, by the time the truck arrived at 9AM, forms were done, rebar cut and set, and the crew seemed happy if not relaxed. It was a miracle - we thanked God unabashedly.
The power-trowel made easier work for Jamin to do finishing touches. The whole project, including transportation, rentals, and materials (excluding foam), was around $2500. It should be cured enough to set walls in a week!
Josh: Founder, father