DRIVEWAY - 2004
I've decided that my days as a cement mixer are coming to a close. It's gratifying to know that I am able to mix and pour a foundation, but it certainly isn't the best use of my time and energy - especially since a cubic yard of concrete delivered costs less than half what the gajillion bags of mix from Home Depot would!
Here is my lovely next-door neighbor signing off permission to have the mega-ton cement truck back up HER driveway instead of mine. Thanks, Annette!
How do they keep these trucks so sparkling clean?
What me worry?? I feel like I have to pee.....again! What was I thinking???
I guess I'm as ready I can be. Forms in securely in place and pitched perfectly, rebar securely placed, a span board so I can walk across without sinking in, several shorter screed boards, double rubber gloves on hands, double plastic bags held on with a pair of my son's old socks on feet (cheaper than boots), buckets of water all around. Alrighty, then......
I strike the classic "fight" pose. I'm thinking about going into labor with my first-born. No point being scared because you know there's only one way out. Just focus your energy and give it what you got!
This is perfect concrete! Not too dry, not too wet, and HEAVY as can be! How many yards did I order? Oh, man.....where's my back-up crew?
"You gotta keep on pushin', Mama!" Labor is labor.
Not too shabby! I only need a rough screed to build on, so this is fine. My forms are holding up great. I'm slowing down, but I've only got one yard left.
The driver adds a little water and offers some much needed assistance.
By the time I build up another 3" of brick, stone and mortar, dynamite is the only thing that will move this section of the driveway!!! No more skimping on foundation for me!
I only got one 8x10 panel completed for 2004 because I put most of my time and energy to the patio project.