Thanks. It's really looking good now that everything is greening up. Not so much the construction zone but the rest of the property is looking so much better now that trees are flowering and leafing out. And the grass is growing, which means I have two lawns to mow now which isn't so fun. I've decided that I am going to let the grass go to pasture at the new place other than around the house and barn. I just don't have time to be mowing that much acreage like a lawn when I could use that time to be building.
Been busy. I applied the waterproofing to the foundation after cleaning out the mud from the rains. I will be so happy to never have to do that again. It really bothers me to have to redo work, especially crappy and hard work, but the rains keep coming. Once I cleaned the mud away and applied the coating, I put a layer of rock down, and then the drain. The drain will be completely covered in rock once I get a chance to do that, and as long as I do it before the next rain I'll be fine.
My mushrooms continue to do well which I am happy about. This is what I picked the other day: oysters, kings, chestnuts, and Shiitake! I am very pleased with those as they look great and taste great. The chestnuts are pretty too but I'm just not sure how to prepare them.
I built the forms and laid the wire mesh down for the concrete floor in the shop the other day. The mesh helps prevent cracking and as you pour the concrete, you lift up on it to float it into the slab.
And today we poured the concrete. As you all know, I try to save money every chance I get, and today was no exception. My help consisted of my buddy that does all of the excavation work and three of his helpers. And today we almost bit off more than we could chew. The three helpers didn't know anything about concrete and they were just dumb labor, and myself and my friend knew just enough to think we were better than we were.
We poured 25 yards and there was a couple of times that I was thinking this was a bad idea, haha. That is a lot of concrete to level and float out for two guys ( the three helpers only knew so much ) as concrete doesn't wait to set up because you don't know what you are doing. But we managed to get it under control and make a presentable slab that isn't too embarrassing. It's level and structurally sound, but there's no beautiful polished shine to it and there's some trowel marks.
I am very pleased that this is done as I can start building the shop now once the concrete has cured. That makes me happy.