Finally concrete!!! Huge pour day included a large crew + a pump truck we had to get because of the heated floors.
The moment I have been waiting for for a long time finally came. Pour day! One step closer to actually being able to use the shop.
I busted my butt for about 2 weeks every evening installing the tubes for the heated floor covered in Part 9. Once I was done with that we had to start dancing around to find good weather. Turns out the last good weather day was the morning after I finished the heated floors. I finished at about 1am and the concrete crew showed up 6 hours later!
Setting up for the pour
Of course, right after the crew showed up it started snowing…
Why did we need a pump truck?
We had to pay extra for a pump truck (or telebelt would have worked also) because normally the guys would back the concrete truck in if the door is big enough or use ‘mud buggies’ which are basically wheel barrows with an engine to dump the concrete at the back of the shop. Since I have the entire floor covered with foam and tubing, none of that can happen.
I had debated on putting more rebar where the lift will be but decided against it. Most lifts just require at least 4″ of concrete. I will have 7″ of concrete + rebar.
To my understanding, under normal circumstances you need to wait about 7 days before driving on the new concrete and about 28 days before having any heavy traffic (big trucks, forklifts, etc). Feels like FOREVER.
Hope you enjoyed this update. Stay tuned for the next update when we actually get to start using the shop! Still lots left to do.