Core Fill

If you thought our concrete work was over, think again! With our concrete blocks in place, the next step we had was to fill the cores of all the blocks with concrete. Our aim was to make a “soupy” layer, to pour down each core… and to finish the tops with a more solid layer.

Bob and Liz, installing a plywood frame that extended above the tops of the blocks. This would make a bit of a ledge/cap to the top of the wall. Originally, we were going to use a premade cap, but had trouble finding it. So we opted to pour it ourselves, and add it to the overall core fill pour.

Liz, clearing out some wood from the risers, to allow for the extra concrete top.

Liz, watching the consistency of the concrete.

Halfway through!

While we were pouring, Bob was working on installing the plywood frames in the sections we hadn’t reached yet. When we started to catch up to him, we paused briefly to help set up the frames.

Liz and Bob, shaping the top of the cement.

Liz, putting in cement on the top step.

A view from below.

Things are looking good, and starting to get more solid.

The mixer, which has been so instrumental in so many of our concrete projects.

While I finished and cleaned up, Liz continued working for another 2 hours… smoothing out the cement and applying a bull nose to the entire top layer.

All told, we went through 52 bags (ordering 70 total). Not too shabby, considering it was just me and Liz doing all the mixing and pouring.

I was worried my arms would give out, but I kept hydrated and maintained a pretty good pace.

Liz, continuing the detailed finish work.

Our wall, with the cores filled and the top setting.

Liz, looking to be done.

The ledge by the basement door.

After we finished up, we treated ourselves to some fancier drams to mark the occasion.

We also pulled up some chairs, and just sat/rested. And admired the wall. Because that’s what we do now.

The topper, drying and setting in the frame.

Looking very nice.

View from above.

Wall Prep
The Back Porch Cement Pour

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