A View from Google Earth

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.  

Lean on Me

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…

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

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.  

Pouring Concrete on 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…