|Baby chicks growing up. I will open the cardboard cover|
next week and let them roam out into their play yard.
Yep, I worked on the bridge again today. We got to pour concrete today! I was very happy to get the concrete poured. The only problem was I did not realize how much concrete we were going to pour. I had changed some dimensions after purchasing sackrette and did not recalculate how much concrete would actually be needed. This did prove to be a problem. On the plus side, we used the electric concrete mixer ($280, worth every penny!) I purchased at Home Depot. It was the only thing that saved us. We could not have mixed 4.5 cubic yards of concrete by hand (40-80# bags of sackrette). I was amazed at the amount of concrete we used. I also figure that I saved 50% of the concrete cost by purchasing my own mixer and paying someone to help me over buying premixed and having it delivered.
|Finished concrete, will pull the forms off next week (a full seven days Doom).|
|We figured we better date our work for future generations.|
|This is our center posts with thread all inserted to attach|
the pressure treated post between the beams. Yes, I
do know the concrete is not beautiful. Remember,
it will be UNDER the bridge.
My concrete is not beautiful but it is very functional. I had to leave after lunch to buy more concrete and left my helper to dig out that last post. I came back an hour later and he tells me this post is worse than the other one (burning didn't help, stupid steam put out fire). He had dug down quite a bit and the pickup was in the front yard full of concrete so we hooked onto the post with a chain and jerked it out with the pickup. It worked! Saved us another few hours of battle with the post. This post was not nearly as rotten as the other.
I will be all ready by the end of next week to build a bridge! I saw our cedar all bundled up at the hardware store while I was picking up the concrete. They are keeping it for us until we are ready. Mighty nice of them.
On a positive note another raccoon died. It was foolish enough to get trapped in the trap. On a more negative note it was a small raccoon so that means there are several more to catch now. This does bring the count up to Farm 5, Predators 15.
|My labor saver, concrete mixer.|
I am so looking forward to work so I can rest and recover. I need a day off. I did manage to sneak up and take some pictures of the back creek.
|Back runoff creek. It is way slower now.|
|Back runoff creek, trying to decide which picture I like best.|