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Concrete absorbs water. This is evident just by looking at streets or driveways after a rain. The surface is wet. It eventually dries as it is either absorbed all the way or it evaporates into the air. So how do you keep a basement dry? Why doesn’t the water from the ground absorb into the […]

September 22, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Moving machinery

A low boy equipment trailer comes in a variety of sizes. The one pictured has a 50 ton capacity. To get the sheep’s foot roller onto this trailer, the truck is separated from the trailer. Using hydraulics, the front end of the trailer is lowered toward the ground. The ramps are then set onto the […]

September 22, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Topping Out

What a beautiful day we had for our topping out ceremony. The beam over the entrance is now in place with citizen’s names. Thank you to everyone who was able to come be with us. Thank you also to all those who couldn’t come but have helped us get this far. Who would think that […]

September 17, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Foundation Finished

On Friday, the final section of the foundation was poured. Steel work is already beginning. Amazing to see steel columns in place. And outside of the building, part of the parking lot is now concrete. With the fine weather we are having today, I am expecting the rest of the parking lot will get poured.  […]

September 14, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Geothermal is beginning. Actually it began when the foundation for the south side of the building was set. The pipes need to go under the foundation as all of the heating and cooling is going to be under the floor of this building. The picture shows the header pipes for the supply and return in […]

September 11, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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I’ve done a blog previously on the footings, but recently when I was out taking pictures, I got a chance to see the workers building the forms.  This is a job that must be very exact because the walls are based on these footings. The engineers come to the sight and put a mark at […]

September 9, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Electrical Manhole

This shows the workers digging a manhole for the electrical service which will then connect to the building. The width and the depth are being measured to specific requirements as required by MidAmerican Energy. This manhole will then connect the main power supply via a 3 foot conduit which will go into the building. It […]

September 8, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Building the walls

Much goes into construction of the walls. After the base is built, rebar is added in specific places to help hold the shape of the concrete. You will notice in the first picture the worker is tying the rebar so that it curves in the correct shape of the wall. At the bottom right of […]

September 3, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Concrete Washout

Now that concrete is being poured, this sign is important. To help preserve the environment, the concrete trucks must wash out the cement and aggregate, which is sand and gravel, from their drums. This allows all the waste to harden, then to be gathered together and taken for re-use. This waste is taken to a […]

August 27, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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Concrete work

We talked about concrete going into the construction of the footings and the walls. In these pictures, we see it is also used for the driveway. In the first picture, the concrete truck is dumping the mixed concrete into a concrete buggy. This buggy is then driven to the specific area that needs to be […]

August 25, 2009 · sschulte · No Comments
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