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This is a project that's been talked about for several years. We wanted to add a small bump out for our second freezer and refrigerator that are located in the shop. They have always been in the way and this will get them their own out of the way space. Started the dig out in prep for a concrete floor today. It still needs to be dug more and back filled with sand/gravel. I'm not sure on dimensions yet, but in the 5-6 feet wide and 2-2.5 feet deep.

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Got the lower treated boards off to expose the concrete. Now I can get a good idea on dimensions and decide on the height to cut the siding. The contractor that poured the concrete back in the 70's sure left a thin edge. When I pour anything I like to leave the edges thicker for added strength.

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I was able to get some work done on this project now that we are done with the flood. I dug down, probably deeper than I needed to, and back filled with some crushed gravel that we had in a small pile. I think that gravel put on some weight because the wheel barrow was mighty heavy. I think cutting the sheet metal and setting the forms will be next.

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Spent a little time moving some things on some shelves that are currently attached to this wall in preparation for removal. Cut another piece of sheet metal in order to slide it up when I set the concrete forms. Looked thru the pile of culled boards by the sawmill and found some suitable for the form boards. It's not supposed to rain tomorrow so I should be able to get some more done.
 

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Got the outer form boards set in place but need to level and stake them down. Once that's done, I will make the inner forms. I plan on making this an L-shaped footing and then pour the floor inside.

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I borrowed a laser level that my brother has on his work truck and shot a reference level on the treated posts for setting the forms. Temps were in the mid to upper 30's so I didn't spend much time on this today.

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After a sleet squall came thru, I was able to get out and work on the forms. Got the inner form built and set in place. Time to start setting the stakes.

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I finished setting up the forms for the footing. With freezing temps overnight and rain I am not sure when I will pour the concrete. Once this is done, I can get the floor poured inside it.

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I hope you can get it finished before you get snowed in :rolleyes:
Our snow usually doesn't stick around long, and we usually get some decent weather with temps in the 50's during the winter months. all I need is a day or two.
 

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Went to the farm and put the cement mixer on a trailer and transported it out near the shop. I get it placed when it's time to pour.


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Finally poured the footing today. My brother came by and helped run the mixer and I ran the buckets to pour in the forms. It was just too tight to dump directly into the forms with the mixer. The temps are supposed to get below freezing so I covered it with some left-over pole building insulation and a tarp.

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Pulled the forms off today. I added some more gravel and got it leveled and packed. With the predicted really cold weather coming in I think I will wait for better conditions for pouring the floor.

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I'm watching the weather reports and I may get a chance to pour the floor this coming weekend. It's still too far out to know for sure. Since I started this project, we have had flooding rains, extreme cold (for us), and a couple good snowfalls. Most of the snow is melted now and temps will be well above freezing for the next week or more.
 

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Your temps swing enough that you may get a couple days to do it. If not, you can just put a piece of plywood over it and finish it up when it warms up.
 
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Another option would be to frame the addition up, get a roof on it, and then pour the concrete. That way I could keep it dry and heat it if it gets cold. I need to check my wood supply and see if I need to fire up the sawmill for the framing material.
 

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The weather is still holding so I will try to pour tomorrow. Got supplies today and the final hole for some rebar on the mating edge.

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It will be nice to have that outside and not taking up space inside! I'll bet you're glad to have a mixer for doing that too.
 

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Yep, it will be nice to have the both the upright freezer and refrigerator next to each other and not in the way. The freezer is right where we want to make a pass thru doorway to the back addition of the shop. Right now, when we need to get to the back addition/woodshop area we have to go in the people door, walk about 50 ft north to the far side, turn east for another 30 ft, and then come back 50 ft to the south side where the roll up door is. All that and the distance from the people door to the roll up door is about 7-8 feet to the east on the same wall. The pic shows how far away the doors are.

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36 hours above freezing and your good to go. Solar blankets are good if you have access to them. Will help warm the ground up and aid in curing. Last think you want is the concrete to freeze in the first 48 hours.
 
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