With grading complete, the past 2 weeks have been filled with lots of concrete and steel.  As a woodworker, I have not been so drawn to the dirt and concrete part of past construction projects as much as the framing and finishing work.  However, I descended from block masons on my mother's side (a cooper and blacksmith as well, more on that later) and as such I found myself naturally drawn to this work over the past 2 weeks. 

Dixieland Walls of Grovetown, GA was hired to handle the footings and slab.  Brett Cathey and his team from Dixieland Wall layed out the footings, dug them, installed the rebar, and poured them.  In the midst of the work performed by Dixieland, Borden Pest Contol came in to provide termite treatment.   
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Laying out the footings.
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Excavating the footings.
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Installing the reinforcing rebar.
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Footings set up and ready for inspection.
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Bordens Pest Control stepped in to treat the footings.
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With a little assistance from Mabus Brothers Concrete and Ashmore Concrete Contractors (Pump Truck), the guys from Dixieland Walls poured the footings.
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Completed Footing.

D & J Construction and Design of Greenville, SC was brought in to install the block wall.  Their first task was to lay two courses of block to serve as the base for the poured slab.

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Footing with 2 courses of block.
 Dixieland Walls returned to back-fill the slab area, dig the piers for the basement posts,  install the vapor barrier and reinforcing wire and pour the slab.
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Slab ready for inspection.
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The morning of the slab pour, Shop design engineer, Wayne Moore stopped by the site to check on our progress. Wayne (left) is pictured talking with Park member and Shop benefactor, Don Zippler (right).
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In order to pour the slab, a pump truck was needed to convey the concrete up the hill.
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Arm of the pump truck reaching up the hill to the pour site.
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Slab being poured.
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Slab being finished with a trowelling machine.
Now that the slab is complete, the team from D & J Construction and Design started constructing the block walls.
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Walls of the basement storage room are started.
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The front wall is constructed with piers for the floor system and the front porch.
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The block masons close in on finishing the basement walls.
One of the great pleasures of getting involved with the Living History Park in North Augusta has been getting a feel for the people and businesses of this great community!  In pulling this this blog post together, I was amazed at the number of local businesses that provided generous discounts or outright donations of their materials or services for this phase of our construction project.

Your generosity is impressive and greatly appreciated, especially in light of the current economic times.  Listed below are the suppliers.  You can click on many of their pictures and link directly to their websites. 
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Macuch Steel, supplier of rebar.
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Borden Pest Control, supplier of termite treatment.
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Mabus Brothers Concrete, supplier of concrete.
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Ashmore Concrete Contractors, supplier of pump trucks.
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Augusta Concrete Block Company, supplier of concrete block, cement, sand, and block ladder.
Well, next week we move on to the WOOD - after all, we are a Cabinetmaker's Shop!  The floor system will be going in, the walls going up, and the roof going on!

We are still in need of donations to complete the Shop, so if you feel so inclined to make a donation, send me an email at Chris@NewWindsorShop.org

Chris



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