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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Day Seven

Yesterday was day seven of construction and we now have the footings in and one course of blocks laid. In some parts of the wall we are three courses high. By the end of today all the blocks for the frost wall should be in and we will be ready for the concrete on Thursday. Monday is a holiday in Canada, so the concrete will have four days to harden before we begin building the exterior walls.

Here Pat checks the block for level and square. Once above the first row, all blocks are dry stacked, no mortar.

Kent works on placing the first row, on the south wall in mortar. This first row takes extra time because it will determine how level and square all other rows are.

At the end of the day, there isn't much garbage to dispose of.

Look closely and you will see the top row of blocks has more insulation. Once at grade level and above we use a block with an R28 value.
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