Another productive week. The large cistern walls were poured on Thursday afternoon (34 yards of concrete). We probably went a little overboard with the size of the cisterns because if they ever fill up we shouldn’t need water for years. 48,000 gallons is not a small amount of water. The small cistern ceiling is ready to pour as well, but we are awaiting electrical permits so the electrician can do his thing prior to pouring. The guys have worked each of the last two Saturdays, but will lose a day on Monday because of MLK day. Onward we go.
In light rain on Wednesday morning the cistern slab was poured (26 yards). This is what is basically the lower level of the house. It consists of the electrical room and two compartments of the larger 30K+ gallon cistern. Thursday was spent starting to get the forms for the cistern walls up as well as getting the forms in place for the smaller cistern’s ceiling.
What a pleasant surprise to see progress this week. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the week being book-ended by holidays. After the pour on Monday work began on the forms for the cistern walls. Digging of the “main” 30K gallon cistern began as well. On Wednesday the cistern wall forms were completed and the main cistern excavation continued. Today the smaller 15K gallon cistern walls were poured (12 yards).
6 tons of re-bar were purchased from San Juan 2 weeks ago.
Prepaid 200 yards (of the estimated 550) of concrete last week.
We had our first delivery of concrete today. 13 total yards in two trucks.
We found out our cistern holds water, but we weren’t ready to test it. After digging the cistern on Monday the rains came that night, wiping out the chance of doing a pour this week.
Today was a good day. Even though we spent the past three weeks moving dirt, clearing brush, and “mobilizing”, today is the first day we did some real digging. Progress. I like it. Then plan is to get the smaller 15,000 gallon cistern poured this week. Probably not the most ambitious of plans, but I will take it. After waiting so long to get to this point I am ready for some concrete.