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Posted August 04, 2011 - 06:33 PM

I just got in & will try to go back in a while for some pics, but right now I'm whipped! James brought 56 block today & I stacked 52 of them by myself, and also used my Massey w/FEL to hog out the rest of the bad spots in the other 2 pits so we can pour in patches tomorrow. Plus I had to lay some forms on the edges of 2 patch areas.
Porch thermometer showed 101 today, but felt much much better than yesterday.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 06:58 PM

relax for a spell.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 07:26 PM

relax for a spell.


That sure would be nice, but tomorrow will be my hardest day yet. But Saturday is a day off for me. I plan to relax as much as possible that day!

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 07:29 PM

hope it's not too hot tomorrow

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 07:33 PM

Ok, so here is where I am tonight with the pit. I've said it before, but want to make sure everyone understands....I know these walls are crooked as a snake. No two blocks are the same, as they aren't formed for accuracy, so they will not keep a straight line to save your life. But it doesn't matter, as the dirt back fill will not settle evenly anyway. So even if I had the wall perfectly straight, it will not end up that way. I love how it looks myself, as I know it will be one tough solid, long lasting wall. The silage we'll be putting in it won't even be opened for using until spring of next year, so the walls will be settled in good & tight before the inside load comes out.

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James will be bringing all the rest of the blocks Monday to top off the 5th level. Tuesday or Wednesday he'll bring his log grappler to set them in place. I've set all I can reach with my Cat loader. Kind of hate it that I've finished setting blocks. I set all 52 today by myself, and never left my loader seat. I've gotten to where I can hook the blocks & unhook by manipulating the loader bucket in just a few seconds.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 07:55 PM

Lookin good.
So, you pour the floor tomorrow, and then set the last row next week?
Almost there.

Funny though, it doesn't look that hot there. Looks like
you've been working in the shade. :D

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:02 PM

Lookin good.
So, you pour the floor tomorrow, and then set the last row next week?
Almost there.

Funny though, it doesn't look that hot there. Looks like
you've been working in the shade. :D


No shade while I was stacking blocks, and the loader sits me up about 7' too. Was much less brutal as far as heat today, and tomorrow should be a tad less hot yet. We'll have them mix it wet so it will cure a bit slower. Being a solid concrete base, it won't get all the moisture sucked out fast either. The wet mix will make it much easier to rake, then float. Hope to be finished by noon.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:05 PM

The bad thing is....next year we need to do the other pit next to this one. It's the same size. So I'll be doing this all over again soon enough! The 3rd smaller pit will eventually be done, and were planning to do it next, but opting for the larger one first now.

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:24 PM

Daniel, I thought it looked geat and you should be very proud of your work on the pit. It will last for years. Great Job !!!

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:28 PM

That will hold a lot of silage good job

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:34 PM

Pouring a big floor is always an event, when it's done. Been there, done it more than I want to remember.
Good luck, hope it all goes well.
Lookin forward to pics of all the signatures in the fresh concrete.

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Posted August 05, 2011 - 04:22 AM

Looks mighty fine, Daniel. Good luck with the pour, those big ones can get tough. Have plenty of cool drinks available.

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Posted August 05, 2011 - 04:44 AM

Sorry Daniel,somehow I have missed this entire thread.It looks like you are coming right along.:thumbs:

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Posted August 05, 2011 - 06:21 AM

in case your wondering, im following your progresses, watch, read and learn quietly, questions may follow if you don't mind and thanks again for confirming the hp of my twin cylinder engine,
trowel-a small lowly tool that lies in wait untill the time is right,
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Posted August 05, 2011 - 09:14 AM

WooHOO! Finished pouring QUICK! They arrived at 6:45 and we finished floating it at 9:30. Now I can relax a bit till milking time. Was energy intense, but it's done.
Now to put sealer on the floor Monday, then stack the top blocks & start filling with silage around the 15th.

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The patched pit in the 1st pic is the one we'll rebuild next year when emptied. Same size exactly as the pit we are doing, and the dirt wall between them is the main thing we need to get shored up. The dirt divider wall started out like 12' wide at the top & has dwindled down to maybe 5 to 6'!

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