Pour Party!!!

Pour Party!!!

Guess what? We passed our footing/slab inspection! To celebrate we are having a party! Too bad I forgot to send out the invites, but you were all invited to our pour party!

It was yesterday!!!

The day began bright and early (a bit too early for this girl, which is why I did not post anything about what happened yesterday until today, I apologize, I was tired, but I took lots of pictures!!!).

I used to like to party into the early morning…but these guys like to party in the early morning. (Yeah, I’m cheesy).
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How about that brown grass? Pretty classy right? It’s okay, I know you’re just jealous, it’s the middle of August and I don’t have to water my grass…winning.

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To the tune of some mariachi music, they started in the inside then partied to the outside.

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And these boys were absolute artists, the finish on our slab is smoother than butter. If we wanted exposed concrete floors I would be proud to show these honeys off, but exposed concrete flooring doesn’t really go with our plan.

Regardless. Matt Blaha, from Blaha construction was Mike’s sensei. He guided him through the diy part of our foundation improvements, then sent his best guys out to pour and finish our concrete. Thanks Matt! (Yes, that was a plug. He deserves it. And no, we did not pour and finish the concrete ourselves, we may be crazy but we are not stupid.) slab7_second_story_addition

And because Mike and Will (Mike’s bff – who btw hates blogging so I know I am safe to say whatever I like about him here because he refuses to read it) can’t just stand around and watch other guys work, they decided they should (quickly) build some more forms for the extra concrete.

(That’s not Mike in the pic btw, that’s Will and the pump guy – who they enlisted to help them dig. These two can talk anyone into anything.)

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Now we have someplace to place our two new AC units, yay!

P.s. Today is our Raise the Roof party, and I hope you stop by! We are tearing the roof off our house.

Solid As a Rock

Solid As a Rock

When you build a house from scratch you have to start by clearing the land, grading the property, building a pad, then digging footings, and if that doesn’t sound foreign enough you have to actually know how to do them (not just what those crazy words mean). When you build an addition, preparing the site is not as big of a job as preparing for an entire house and anyone could probably do it (if you can dig a hole that is)…at least that is what Mike told me. I was a bit skeptical (only because I’ve never done it before). After all your house is only as strong and sturdy as your foundation…this seems like a project that should stay outside the realm of DIY.

According to Mike, he’s done it “millions of times” (let’s be honest it was probably 4) and he wants “to do it all myself”.

I was a little worried when it started like this:

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As usual, Mike proved me wrong. He’s awesome like that. And turned this:
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Into this:
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Yup, I married that man.

Even if you don’t know what you’re looking at, it looks pretty legit, right? Hopefully the city inspector thinks so too…

A little visualization (cuz I’m a visual type of person)
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P.s. I’m sitting here at home, waiting for the city inspector to show up. He can come any time between 8 am and 4 pm. If you aren’t busy and in the area, feel free to come by and take a look. Our door is always open…literally. We tore it down last week.

Nuts and Bolts

This part wasn’t very interesting (maybe because I only drilled a few holes myself), but Mike, who drilled over 60 holes into our slab thought I should write about it. I think he should write about it.

Guess who’s writing about it…

Yesterday was “special inspection day”. We had a deputy inspector come out and watch Mike clean, prep, and epoxy everysinglehole. One hole at a time. Does this sound expensive? It is. It’s expensive for a few reasons, one, we have to drill each hole with a hammer drill an average of 12″ into the existing footers and in some places up to 9″ on center – it is all dependent on the shear wall schedule – it’s intense and pointless to go into, but let’s just say, in case of another Northridge quake, I know our walls will not be coming down. Two, we have to fill each hole with an epoxy anchor adhesive that’s price changes more often than gas, it hardens to over 14,000 psi. I’m told it will withstand the apocalypse. Three, we have to pay a “deputy inspector” (guy with a certificate and can charge whatever price he wants) to watch us fill the holes with epoxy and rebar.

After the deputy inspector watches us fill each hole, according to the engineered details on our blueprints, he writes a report we submit with our footing inspection before we can pour our footers and slab. And even before we do that we have to have our engineer come out and check all of our epoxied rebar and the report from the deputy and sign his own report verifying we built it as planned.

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Bored enough yet? I wish I could make this more interesting but I.just.can’t.

Here’s some awesome pics.
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P.S. we passed our “special inspection”.

Now if we can just get all our footers dug and forms up we may be able to pour that slab next week!
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