My good buddy JR Smullen has set me straight: “FYI, those are NOT cinder blocks. They are concrete blocks. Up north we call anything that looks like a cinder block, a cinder block, even though there is a big difference. The blocks they just put up, once they pour the concrete into the reinforcing holes at the top, will allow your home to withstand Florida hurricanes quite nicely. The holes at the bottom of the blocks are inspection holes so they can ensure the concrete pour went all the way to the bottom. The little pieces of plywood they will cover the holes with will keep the concrete from escaping will be removed by the building inspector to ensure the pour meets code.”
So, of course, I had to Google that. I don’t know that I can ever train myself to say concrete block even though I learned the difference here. JR also sent me a photo of his house at the same stage of construction. Very cool.
And, Derrick Knight, a blogging buddy who is obviously a bird lover, posted the question: “Better and better. Are the cranes there to help with lifting?” Now that got me to thinking. Did the machine for lifting heavy loads get named because it has a long neck like the bird crane?
Three workers were in the house when we arrived in the morning.
One was assembling roof sections with the trusses that are lying in the front yard.
This woman was putting up furring strips on the exterior walls.
They had erected two interior, load-bearing walls.
The cement pumping crew arrived and this man dragged in several big hoses. I loved his hard hat.
Here is a better look. I think the brim is made of styrofoam of some sort.
We left to take the car to a shop to talk about getting the damage from that rear-end crash we had in Sevierville, TN. The collision shop said they would not do a job for the crasher’s insurance company, Direct General. They said Direct General does not pay the bills. The man recommended that we go through our insurance company, Geico and let them deal with Direct General. Then he gave us an estimate to repair the damage you can hardly notice: $1,200!
When we stopped at the house on our way home for lunch, the cement truck was there,
pouring concrete into the pumper.
A crew of four was doing the job. One was operating the concrete pump. Two were atop the walls. One was holding the hose pouring the sloppy wet concrete into the wall. The other one was using a shovel to smooth out any overflow. He also inserted anchors into the concrete to hold down the roof trusses and ceiling joists. I’m sure the hose was heavy and hard to maneuver. I noticed that he was not actually holding the weight of the hose full of concrete. That vertical metal rod on the hose has two hooks, one at the top for a handle and another stuck into the concrete block to hold the weight of the hose while the man only had to manage the section of hose above the hook. He could easily move the hose with the hook at his waist height.
The man with the hard-sun-hat was the hose wrangler. When the fellow at the top moved the hook, he lifted the weight of the hose to make it lighter for the man on top. He also yelled for the pumper to start and stop.
We went back at the end of the day to look around after everyone had gone home. The anchors were shining in the late sun.
The sandhill cranes were grazing next to the golf course, no doubt getting fuel for tomorrow’s heavy lifting. The carpenter told me they are going to put up trusses tomorrow.
I thought the roof section looked like modern sculpture in the early evening sunlight.
Great series Dinata. I think you might expect the crane comment from a derrick 🙂
Ahhh! You are as bad, if not worse, than my husband Andy, who says he “got a big lift out of your comments”.
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This is fascinating to see how it is all done and watch the daily progress! And I’m learning a lot of new words. 🤓
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Thanks Sheila. I am enjoying watching the progress too. I know the words because my dad was a builder.
It’s great to follow the progress, although I’m doing it in a binge read!
I noticed!! It is fascinating to watch. I take a lot of pictures (300 yesterday with the drywall men) every day. I am getting comments from friends who never comment so I guess others are finding it interesting too.
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It really is. I bet there are a few comments among the workers such as “here she comes again!” They are really working hard though.
Yes, the drywall guys especially. I did a pretty good job of staying out of the way though.
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