Our Ninth Week of Wall Building
The Project: A 2,163 square foot house utilizing dry stack concrete block construction with a central courtyard and based on the Spanish colonial-era missions in San Antonio.The Challenge: Can a forty-something married couple design and build an attractive, efficient and mostly paid-for house while remaining sane, solvent and married? With no actual prior construction experience? Hmmmmm - let's check in on our Contestants and see how they're doing...
|Week 8 and part of Week 9 wash away in the rain as we ride out the weather from Hurricane Kenna in Mexico. Here, you can see how much water is still standing in the courtyard. The courtyard's drainage pipe is still above the low point of the courtyard until we bring in fill dirt. We've got a lap pool for frogs in the meantime.|
|The blocks in this lintel are so tightly fitted you couldn't squeeze a slim chance in between them with a shoehorn and some bear grease. Forgive me for a bit of vanity in showing this off, it's just plain nice to get it right occasionally...|
|Back by popular demand, it's the lintel pictured above, this time looking at the rebar and metal strapping inside. Did I mention this is a mighty pretty lintel, as far as lintels go?|
|Some good cutting tools are necessary for making necessary modifications on rebar and the occasional free-range mortgage banker.|
|We're up to 15 courses on the courtyard walls this week, so I tend to spend almost as much time on scaffolding or standing on walls as on the ground.|
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|Next week's installment: Assent For Ascent Click HERE|
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