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April 24, 2008

Last August I optimistically dug footers and made plans to start my workshop in earnest, a project that has been a dream of mine for almost a decade.  Building my house took almost two years, and enough time had passed that I conveniently forgot the early months of hard slogging just to get out of the ground.  Work, other projects, life obligations and a healthly dose of inclement weather during the winter have delayed, and even somewhat deterred me.

I’ve learned that perseverance pays off.  Harnessing my stubborn streak, I finished the rebar yesterday and called for an inspection.  It rained hard off and on all day and I pumped the footers out 3 times before the day was over.

At 24″ deep, 20″ wide, and 200 linear feet, it’s amazing the volume of water that can accumulate.  

Fortunately, I have the help of an 8500 gallon per hour pump, and ten or fifteen mins later ….

With the water gone, I was clear to run two lengths of #4 rebar (1/2″) around the perimeter, and the wire mesh which will help prevent cracking and movement of the slab.  Hopefully the weather will hold for tomorrow.  

I’ll snap some pics of the pour tomorrow…

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