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Ithaca New York Build – Day 2

Day 2 with the crew and apprentices was another success.  Our town inspector came at 9am (we passed!) and the cement truck came around 10am to dump 14.5 cubic yards into our bond beam form, buttress forms, and the footer.  We also did some pack-out with the leftover cement.  After lunch (my mom served us baked ziti, caesar salad, watermelon, italian bread and butter, and brownies), a couple groups worked on finishing the tires in our wing walls, while another group chipped away and dug out the rest of our greywater planter cell.  The crew and more apprentices started bolting in the wooden forms that will hold the glass between our greenhouse and interior space.  And a very exciting part… Mike set up our doorway!
 

This beam will be a pillar in the house.

 

Footer being poured by the cement truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring into the can wall to create the bond beam

 

Chad evening out the wet cement in the bond beam

 

 

 

 

Phil teaching us how to place the anchor bolts into the still-wet cement

 

Extra cement used for pack-out

 

All hands on deck for pack-out

 

 

 

 

Cisterns almost completely burried

 

 

Momma about to serve lunch

Group working on wing wall

 

Beau preparing the short tire wall for the vaulted entryway
Chad using the cistern water (which is now flowing into the house!) to fill buckets for the cement station 

 

 

Justin and Brian at the carpentry station

 

 

Mike and apprentice Torbin preparing our main doorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack-out

 

Men in the trench!

 

Michael and our beautiful doorway!

 

Beau at the fasteners station (screws, nails, etc)

 

happy tire wall : )

 

preparing to line the greywater trench

 

 

 

 

 

cistern water flowing into the house

 

 

 

 

Justin and Phil studying the plans

 

Jacob’s working on our vaulted entryway

 

 

 

prepping our footer for the wooden framed wall

 

 

Gary and the kubota

 

 

Doug smoothing cement

 

 

 

Happy Beau

 

 

barn loft view

 

LOTS o’ cement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rocks for the bottom of the greywater planter

 

 

I don’t know what these are for right now…

 

 

hard work in the trench!

 

 

starting to pack-out the stem wall

 

The boss overlooking progress

 

 

 

 

so much going on!

 

 

 

pillars in greenhouse hand-peeled and sprayed with a bleach solution to keep from greying

 

Gary and the kubota

 

parking up the driveway

 

Beer:30… our 4:30 drink with everyone to mark the end of the workday

 

 

Tiffany and my mom

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