The second pour occurred on January 24. The east side of the house was poured this time, including the living room/den, dining room, kitchen, and my areas: bedroom, office, bathroom, laundry room. Oh, and the garage. The garage looks like the biggest room in the house!
The process was essentially the same as the first pour–everyone worked on the various stages of the pour and it took all day.
This time around, though, you will get to see Steve operate the Papilote, which is the last step in the process. No one has any idea how to spell this, but that is what it is called. It is essentially a circular bladed sander and it adds texture and “interest” to the concrete. Check out the video just below the Gallery and you can see Steve in action with this baby. It has a mind of its own and must be “driven” with care!
And why, you ask, would we want to add texture and “interest” to the concrete? Because this is our floor! Once the walls and the roof are in place, Steve will come back over this concrete and stain it (several times) a beautiful and rich red-brown color. Then we will have the perfect easy-to-clean floor for this mountain top, where the wind blows dust and dirt and tumbleweeds everywhere (in a thrilling and adventurous way, of course…).
So, now you know why these “monumental pours” were so monumental and why Steve and his crew were being so attentive and watching every detail. This work will not be covered up by tile or carpeting. We will be living with and walking on this concrete every day.
I held onto the Papilote for a minute while Steve was changing his shoes and I can tell you it is a powerful machine! It wants to run off with you, so you have to really hold on and control it. Steve went over the entire foundation three times with this machine. I would have been hospitalized if I had tried to do that! 😉
During the days of the monumental pours, I walked the dogs down a new road because our old trail up the mountain was declared off-limits. Yes, someone bought Bullfrog Mountain as part of a large acreage purchase and now it is private property. Wah! I had finally created a track coming down that was rockless, so I stopped nearly falling every time. And I had discovered a great rock to sit on at the top–I could catch my breath and listen to the wind and take in the amazing panoramic view.
But no more. So soon you will see pictures of the alternative road that we are walking these days (until someone tells me that *it* is off-limits). The views are not as spectacular, unfortunately, but the wildlife is more abundant. So that is a plus– we have seen mule deer (up close and personal!), javelina, fox, tons of birds and, later this spring, I am informed there will be a massive visitation of rattlesnakes. More survival skills to learn! And did you know a group of rattlesnakes is called a rhumba? Of course, rattlesnakes rarely get together to dance, but I love that! (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/got_questions_groups_list.html)
Next up: Adobe Blocks!