An app that is indispensable to our work: Google Earth. Check out this birds eye view shot of the Francis House. Somewhat cartoonish but very real. It reminds me of my yesteryears building architectural models.
Two weeks ago the bond beams have been filled with concrete. This week we begin building the interior steel “cage” which is an added interior support for the existing exterior stone walls. What this means ? The exterior stone walls have been stabilized and the interior steel cage is an added “brace” so they are…
Celebrating the way we know how. Thanks to all the crew. Good Job !
Ron, our Masonry Engineer says “There’s No Turning Back Now.” A milestone day indeed for the Francis House project.
Here is a recent frontal shot post bond beam filling. The bond beams are the horizontal concrete structure on the very top of the stone walls.
All bond beams are solid and “stuffed.”
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Bakers do that to a pan to ensure the batter is evenly distributed. It also “compacts” the mixture by ridding the batter of “air pockets.” Watch the men do the wiggling and shoving so the concrete fills every nook and cranny of the bond beams.
Here is the crucial and monumental moment when the bond beams are injected with concrete. As mentioned in previous posts, the bond beam is a horizontal structural element, usually found as an embedded part of a masonry wall assembly. The bond beam serves to impart horizontal strength to a wall where it may not otherwise…
The cement mixer truck (white truck) arrives to “supply” the concrete that the concrete pump (red truck) will deliver three stories high to the newly built bond beams.
Concrete pumping truck all ready to fill the new bond beams !