May 29, 2019 – Pouring Cement Slab

This is one of the most exciting days with so much activity and a large crew. The cement pumper truck added to it. The pumper truck was sitting outside at about six a.m. when we headed out for our walk. When we got back, half an hour later, things were in full swing. The long arm of the hose was poised over the house.

Two cement trucks were behind the pumper, pouring cement into a hopper.

Here is a closer, if not clearer, look at the cement sliding into the pumper hopper.

This is “Hard Hat/Sun Hat”, who also worked on our house. I marveled at the styrofoam insulation brim he had added to his hard hat and took several pictures of him. Since then, whenever we see him working on another house, I honk the car horn and we wave to him. Andy calls him my boyfriend. We have never spoken to each other except to say hello or hola.

Here, he was poised and waiting for the cement to pour out.

The cement began to come out of the hose.

The large man to the left was the pumper-truck man. He was controlling where the hose when with two joysticks strapped to his body. I suppose he was also turning the cement flow on and off during the process.

The sun was just rising.

His name is Jim and he was extremely chatty, for a person concentrating on pouring cement through a gigantic hose.

I like the way his control panel is wearable.

The first step was to pour around the perimeter of the house to form the foundation/footer. Then they poured the interior.

The young, buff, handsome man in the red hardhat was aiming the hose.

These two, ankle deep in cement, were spreading and smoothing as he poured.

My boyfriend had what looked like the back-breaking job of smoothing the cement with a long board.

The handsome dude noticed me taking a picture of him and gave me a half smile. I didn’t get that picture.

The sun popped up over the neighboring house, but this is the only picture I have of the man smoothing the cement again with a super-long-handled spreader.

When they finished the house interior, they poured the patio in back.

When the job was done, the pumper truck man folded up his boom hose.

Then he demonstrated to us how he cleans his hose. Yes, it is a child’s toy ball wrapped in a plastic shopping bag. The suction from the truck sucked the ball through the hose, cleaning out the residual cement as it went.

All poured. Two little tractors came rearranged the dirt around the outside of the house.

Two hours later, after the cement had had time to set up a bit, this man ran his machine over the surface. I looked like a big fan, with blades swirling around.

It was all very hard work on a hot day. I hope they are paid well for their labor.

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May 24, 2019 – Footers and Vapor Barrier

This may have been the same crew that built the form for the cement slab. They had already laid out the plastic vapor barrier when I came out the front door in the morning.

They spent a good bit of time digging out footings around the perimeter and dug the dirt away from the outside of the form as well.

Those sections of rebar are for the inside of the periodic cement-filled column of cement in the exterior wall.

I can almost tell where the rooms are going to be from the pipes sticking up in the air.

This is what it looked like at the end of the day.

May 23, 2019 – The Plumber

The plumber arrived early in the morning and stayed all day. At first, he was measuring from the house corners with a chalk line to mark where the pipes need to lay and where to emerge from the cement.

When that job was done, he began to lay out the pipes.

By the end of the day, he had all the pipes connected and poking up in the air.

But I neglected to get a picture of the finished work.

May 22, 3019 – The House Next Door

A small bulldozer had smoothed out all the piles of dirt before I got outside with my camera. I was not long after that a crew of men arrived and began setting up the form for pouring the concrete. They were playing happy Mexican music on a radio. They pounded thick stakes in with huge sledgehammers. Two men stood facing each other and alternated pounding the stake. Sorry I missed that great picture.

This is what the house looked like at the end of the day.

These are the parts of our house construction that we missed when our house was being built, so it is fun to watch it happen next door.

May 18, 2019 – Dirt and Moon

We repeated our walk through the new section and across the golf course this morning. The first thing we saw when we went out the front door was a dump truck dumping dirt in the lot next door. (Can it be called next door when it does not have a door?) They ended up dumping nine dump-truck loads.

The lot at the end of the new street is a more-or-less pie shape that ends in a really sharp point behind our house.

When the new neighbors move in, this will be their view of our house.

We sat outside and watched the moon rise over the distant trees.

Full Moon Rise
Full Moon
Full Moon
Full Moon

I may have posted more moon pictures than anyone wants to see.

May 17, 2019 – Walk Around New Section of our Development

We have been watching tractors pushing dirt around across the golf course for months now. It is almost ready to start building houses. Now the roads are paved so Andy agreed to take our morning walk down our street and turn into the new section, then cross the golf course back to our house. It was a new perspective. The house on the far left in ours.

Two Sandhill Cranes were also out walking early in the morning.

Sandhill Crane

This is the view the new neighbors across the way will have of our house. Almost.

The golf course pond was full of birds.

Reddish Heron

The multi-colored Ibis are juveniles. They turn all white with black under the wings when they mature.

A good-sized flock was foraging on the golf course. I wonder if they injest pesticides there. I’ve read that the Sandhill Cranes are commonly seen on golf courses in Florida.

That walk turned out to be one mile.

A little bulldozer came and started pushing dirt around on the lot next to us! One of the men told me they were clearing up all the vegetation (weeds and grass) today.

Our view is going to change with a house very close to us.

A house next door and a whole row of them across the golf course. The neighborhood will be different when we get back from our summer road trip.