Making the Outside of a Wall

Lots of work today, though it hardly seems as amazing as yesterday or last Wednesday.

The morning started with loud banging, as the guys began stripping formwork from the walls. By the time we left for work they had gotten the boards off the back wall, and by the time we got home all the walls had been stripped of formwork.

Formwork stripped

There's something very satisfying about seeing this pile of formwork in the yard. Somehow it makes it seem more real that there is an end in sight.

Piles of wood

The guys also knocked loose concrete off the tops of the walls, which made a bit of a mess on the floor, but made the top of the wall look nice again.

Knocking clean the walls

On the exterior, they began preparing the walls for the Bituthene, which is a material that is applied to the wall to keep water out both by blocking it, and by providing a route down to the drains.

Fresh shiny walls

In order to apply the Bituthene, you need a smooth wall, but the formwork we had was boards rather than the more usual sheet goods, so the guys used a grinder and smoothed the rough edges down.

Flattened wall


In the mean time, some other guys were working in the front. Not only did they do some more digging, but they placed some more formwork. Noel and I have a bet that they will pour the front footings, at least, by the end of the week. It may be time to move the foundation cam. (No films today: it was kind of boring on the inside.)

New front forms

posted by ayse on 08/23/05


I can't get over the progress your new company makes - a universe apart from the previous team! It's astonishing to read every day and see how quickly it is all coming along! How did you find these guys?

Ironically, they were one of the contractors we originally interviewed and got quotes from for the job -- we didn't originally choose them because they really only do foundations, and we wanted to build a working relationship with a contractor for years to come.

And yes, we kick ourselves about daily for not hiring them to begin with.

By the way, I don't know WTF has been up with the comments getting closed, but I think the problem has been solved.

Note: We're getting pummeled with spam comments, so I've turned off the ability to use any HTML or include any links for the time being. Email with any issues.

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