Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mucker Duties

 Probably to most it doesn't look like much, but all 25 yards of concrete you see before you "just didn't happen"........  I used to go out to job sites and it would magically be done, and I would think to myself It doest look like much, or why does that cost so much? But after being exposed to the entire process (and its only the first step) I see what goes into one of the most important parts of a building. Your foundation is your rock, if its not built right everything else will follow in its footsteps.

The steam is from the concrete.....yikes!!

 For those of you who know me personally, you would know that I couldn't just stand on the sidelines and watch.  And Don my foundation buddy (after week one of building forms) quickly caught on to my ways of wanting to work.  So sure enough as the concrete truck was backing into the driveway at 8 am he was yelling at me to get some boots on and get to work. I was officially given the tittle "Mucker".  As the mucker you are typically the grunt worker, moving concrete around trying to make it even on the slab. Its no easy task I assure you.  That concrete comes down off the truck and within seconds everyone is pulling and pushing mud around as fast as you can.  Then after a series of leveling techniques (two guys with a 2x4 and one girl filling in the holes) and your slab is complete.  Well not really, its takes a full day of finishing, going over and over the concrete, letting it set up and buffing out the bumps. I signed the concrete with my official logo and dated it in the corner.  Open Door Studio's first official design/build ya, next step is framing which should be starting in a week or two.  Hopefully my new framing buddy will let me strap on some bags and go to work.....we shall see!!