It is now the middle of April. The temperatures are hot enough by 10:00 am that I am looking for shade, somewhere in the mid 20's. The sky is clear, the dust is relentless, the heat is high and wonderful, and the consumption of liquids is massive. What a wonderful season.
The site looks very messy here. It does not stay this way for too long.
Meanwhile work continues on the first floor columns on the west half of the building.
The rebar has been moved to aid in keeping it clean and to get it out of the way, all aiding in cleaning up the site and making it safer to walk around.
The mixer needed to be moved to allow for the digging of the septic tank. It took about 15 men to move the machine, a difficult and challenging task.
Excavating the septic tank was a fully manual labour task. The excavated earth was used for back-fill elsewhere on the site.
The hole, once complete will be roughly 5500mm by 4000mm and 1850mm deep. At least that is the plan at the start of excavation.
But things don't always go as planned. The hole excavation was completed in two days, and a firm base of aggregate and rock dust was laid and tamped by the end of the second day.
That night we experienced a tremendous thunder storm with lots of rain causing the sides of the hole to cave in.
Two days later the hole was again ready for a PCC concrete base, but again that night we had another heavy rainfall causing the walls to cave in again. Now they agreed to shore up the walls before cleaning out the hole and proceeding with the rebar and forms.
The rebar and forms were installed and the base was concreted. Now the wall forms will be built and concreted.
Meanwhile, with the west side first floor columns complete, work progressed to the form work and rebar work on the first floor slab for that side. The underside of the slab, which will be the ceiling for the meeting hall, will have a honeycomb appearance. Almost like upside down open and empty boxes. This takes time and care to do right. The rebar is extensive, and this pattern allows us to have a clear span room with no pillars in the middle. I have always found it annoying to sit in a conference hall with pillars as they usually block some view for everyone. This will not be the case in this meeting hall.
These falls are known as the Devis Falls and total drop is over 100 meters, most of which cannot be seen as the drop has been carved out of the limestone rock
That is all for this post. Enjoy.