Got the bright yellow mixer for building the first dome. I guess this larger dome was just too much for it. It reached the end of its usefulness and has been replaced. Of course, I was hoping (and expecting it) to make it through without another expense, but not my luck on this addition. There is still quite a bit of concrete to mix and apply, so the new black and blue model will take over.
Today the crew got the last tier in place and the first coat of concrete on the seams! Now to add more concrete and to install the connector between domes.
End of the week and the crew has the next-to-last tier of triangles set in place. Still have the clamping together of the mesh, then application of concrete in the seams, but it is really shaping up. A couple of the guys plan to work on Saturday to complete the concrete on this tier. The cooler and rainy weather has really helped. It has not been too wet to allow the concrete to set, so things went quite a bit faster this week.
This leaves one more tier of 5 triangles at the top and the hallway connector before the shell is up. A final coat of concrete will be added to the seams, making it smoother and looking good. Once it is fully cured, the support framework can be removed. After that is putting in a floor, inbound plumbing, and the heating system. Then the interior walls go up and electrical and air conditioning stuff will be run. I sure hope having all the foam makes it more comfortable to work in the heat. There is still a lot to do.
The crew has had some trouble getting the entryways put together properly, really slow going. One thing that needed to be done was a concrete lip around the edge of the overhang to divert rain. I expect the rest of the panels will go a lot faster, maybe until they reach the connector. It is not the geodesic shape, but it is made from foam and then covered with reinforcing steel mesh and concrete.
We’ve gotten a week of rainy weather, humid but a bit cooler. They are completing setting the next tier in place today. Of course then an application of concrete in the seams, and when it is set, the fourth tier will be set in place. But, I was just told it may be next week for concrete if the rain stays as heavy as it has been.
Not a lot to say today, so I’ll just show pictures, the first three from last week when sunny.