ast week, my grandpa helped me pour some new concrete footings for the replacement posts in the area where we removed the concrete trough. Luckily the original builders of the barn poured deep footings beneath the slab under the original posts, so we just had to tie in our added concrete to the existing. We did this by drilling holes into the old footings with a hammer drill, and placing large nails into them, with a few inches in the old concrete and a few in the new pour. In the top of each pour we placed an anchor bolt that raises two or three inches above the top of the footing. We will drill a corresponding hole in the base of the posts that is a few bit sizes larger than the bolt so we can slide the post over it, preventing the post from moving. We secured the form for the act of filling it with concrete, by nailing it to the longer board you see, and nailing that to wooden stakes we drove into the dirt. We used load-bearing, structural grade cement and though the bag said to wait 3 days before building onto it, my grandpa said we must wait 10 days.
The Intention of this Blog
is to share my adventure of repurposing my family farm into art space and re-rooting myself in an 'old fashioned' way of life with my folks, the original Do-It-Yourselfers. It is a platform for me to share with others the things that I learn as I apprentice myself to my parents and grandparents.
"You cannot express, whatever your walk in life, unless you have a system of expression; and you cannot have a system of expression unless you have a prior system of cognate thinking and feeling; and you cannot have a system of thinking and feeling unless you have had a basic system of living." -Louis Sullivan "The Kindergarten Chats: The Art of Expression: 1"
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