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Single Garage Poured – Slow Going

Single Garage FloorYesterday the concrete in the third bay in the single garage was poured. I saw one guy smoothing it yesterday afternoon. Looks very nice and, as far as I could tell from a cursory look, no one walked through it.

They also scored the concrete in the larger garage area earlier in the day. Cutting into the concrete this way give the floor room to move and expand. This helps prevent cracking in the concrete.

This morning a guy spend a little time scraping out the patio area, but nothing else is going on. The crew has been working on another job, so we’re in a slow mode.

The owner’s of the house we are renting keep asking how long we will be here. They are looking to move back in. Originally the target was May. Don’t know what a reasonable estimate is now. We lost most of July — with good weather — and then had inordinate amounts of snow and rain. Now we’re on the back burner. Hope thing can really get cranking next week.

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  • Par4Man April 19, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I live in the neighborhood and have been watching your house go up. Looks interesting but pretty slow. From your blog you had the main floor poured on the 14th. It’s almost a week later and I really don’t see anything more done even though the weather is great. Garage floor shouldn’t stop the rest of the work. Construction crews just string people along if you ask me.

    Did you see the new house in the Ivory Homes development down the street from you? It’s pretty close to us so we’re watching it. They just poured the foundation end of last week but I bet they get done before you! They had a whole crew out all day and they kept working until almost 8:00. I was over looking at it. No use to waste good weather they say. With rain coming later this week, they will “work while the sun shines” and then take time off when it rains. They had the main floor almost done when I left. I bet the walls go up tomorrow. They’ll be dried in before you I’ll bet and you started months ago.

    Well, I hope you get it built, but only a few days have I seen a whole crew working at your house. Usually just one or two guys and that’s going to be done next Christmas at that rate.

  • StanD April 20, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Is Ivory a custom home builder? Cause custom homes take longer and if it’s bigger it takes longer too.

    Cool blog. A friend told me about this because I’m in construction, custom painting.

  • Par4Man April 21, 2010, 11:58 am

    Have you been over there? (It’s down between the cemetery and the church.) I was right. The outside walls are up and most of the inside on the main too. This morning they had 9 guys all working.

    Sorry to bring bad news, but I think they know how to get it done. They get organized and get everyone there and work till its done. Not going from one job to another job with long lunch and leave at 4:00.

    Looks like it’s going to rain today. See who leaves first.

    Just to know I don’t have any part of Ivory. But I am a businessman and watch to see how other businesses work.

  • Alison Moore Smith April 21, 2010, 4:53 pm

    OK, Par4Man. So I went by the house that morning and we had 10 guys working. Granted, five were from the gas company and one was the window guy, measuring the windows, but it was a busy day.

  • Par4Man April 23, 2010, 10:02 am

    Well, good luck. You wrote a long time ago at the first of this blog about how the construction industry isn’t professional. I agree, but you’re seeing it on your own house. The rest of us work at least 40 hours a week for our pay. And if we get off for something (like rain) we make it up on the weekend or whenever. I just don’t get how you say that you don’t like how the industry works but it’s still the same on your house and you are defending it anyway.

    Just drove by the projects again. There is a light rain now but by the time I got home didn’t need wipers on the car. The Ivory house has eight guys working and the window truck is there delivering windows. Your house is empty again. Are they coming Saturday and Sunday to make up for not being there again today?

    Look about two lots down and across the street from the Ivory home. There is a whole crew putting in forms for the basement today in the light rain.

  • Par4Man April 25, 2010, 8:06 am

    Me again. Didn’t see anyone at your house at all Friday or Saturday. Ivory had full crews both days and they have the roof on. Just over a week total.

  • Candice April 26, 2010, 11:49 am

    Par4Man, you’re being pretty negative about this. I think the fact that this house started a week ago and is almost dried in is probably frustrating enough to the owners without you rubbing it in. It sounds like there house is more complicated so it would take longer.

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