Wall Bones

Yesterday I laid out dobies, and then we had an after-dark work session on the footing rebar, because that's how our schedules worked out.

Bottom rebar in place on the big U

We got a fair amount of work done, laying out and tying down all the lowermost rebar.

Footing rebar in the small U

We'd decided, for a number of reasons, to do all the rebar before pouring the footings. This is primarily because the wall is so short that doing stubs and tying on the upper pieces seemed like a huge waste of time.

That also means we're working out measuring and other issues now, without concrete in the way.

This morning we both shifted work and put in a few hours on assembling the wall.

Partial wall in the big U

We started on the hard side, the bigger U of the two. It's also the basis for measurement for the whole wall, so it made sense to work from there. This was a couple hours of work, though most of that went into the first couple pieces, as is normal.

The wall is starting to show up in photos

Now that there's something in there, you can see what is happening more in the overall photo.

As with any outdoor project in the winter, we're subject to the vagaries of the weather once again. It's supposed to get rainy tonight and continue on like that for a few days, so we'll see how much we get done. But it's looking like we might be able to order concrete to be poured either Friday or Monday.

posted by ayse on 03/01/11


This is so exciting!!! Looks like the bolt cutters worked ok? Your work is so neat and precise... maybe one of these days I'll manage to complete a project without it being completely cludged together by the end. :) I really enjoy seeing the process of your projects because they seem so professional. Well, I guess that's the benefits of years of training, huh? -grin-

Looks great so far! Bit of a lurker here Ayse. I originally started looking at your foundation repair saga and found that I really enjoyed your blog. Being winter here in Canada (Calgary) I can only dream of being able to do the things you're able to do in winter there. Can't wait to see the end result.


The bolt cutters do work OK on smaller diameters of rebar (#3 to #5, 3/8" to 5/8"). Anything bigger than that and you're in for a world of hurt trying to cut it with bolt cutters, but there's no reason why the average household project would require more than #3 rebar, anyway.

It remains to be seen whether this project will turn out professionally good, but thanks. This work is exhausting, and a whole lot of effort goes into trying to make it come out clean and precise. I'm now definitely convinced that our one really big concrete project (the fish pond) will be hired out.

Thomas, glad you're enjoying the blog. And glad to be of service in giving you midwinter garden envy. I still miss several plants I got used to in the wintery climate where i grew up, so have some garden envy back at ya. Not to mention you have all the good donuts.

Kudo's to ya'll great looking job as has been said before very professional looking. Will certainly do it's job holding the soil and adding enhancement to the overall property looks! Hugs to the animal brood! LOL

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