|Gravel for Drainage|
|Build the Form|
I picked up the grandsons and then we picked up Tim plus his wheelbarrow and concrete finishing tools. After a brief stop for fuel for the workers (Tudors Biscuit World) we were ready to begin the job. My grandsons, Owen and Grant, had no real experience working with concrete so this was a learning experience for them. Mr. Concrete had mucho experience so he was appointed as the Job Boss!
|Lay Down the Tarp|
|Pour the Concrete|
|Just Add Water|
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We first put a couple of inches of gravel in the hole to allow water (that WILL accumulate in the tower legs) to drain out. To make sure the tower did not sink in the gravel and get plugged by dirt, we suspended the tower by using a small rake under a couple of rungs to hold it at a particular height. We tied three light lines to the tower and staked them to make sure the tower did not topple while we were working. Another 3 inches or so of gravel was added and then it was time to add the concrete.
We had previously purchased eleven 80-pound bags of Quickrete. When the smoke cleared, we had about 15 pounds left over. I get credit for measuring the hole and calculating how much concrete would be required (plus, just maybe a little luck?)
Once the concrete job was finished, Evelyn prepared a great hot dog lunch that all enjoyed immensely! My recollection is that the entire job took about 4 hours including correcting our (my) mistakes. We then cleaned up our tools and the grandsons asked could they please mow the yard? WOW! They are at an age where that stuff is fun for them.
After I took everyone home, I came back and spent a couple of hours doing the final cleanup work including putting the tools back where they belong. The next two days were miserable for me! I was sore in places I did not even know I had! All I did was "fetch and carry" and that did not include lugging 80-pound bags of Quickrete. Could I really be that out of shape? DUH!
|"The Crew" is DONE!|
|The Base is Now Planted|
I am very grateful for the help of ALL the crew (and my wonderful wife!) Without everyone pulling together this would not have taken place in such a relatively short length of time.