The assembled form was placed on top of the aluminum foil previously placed with care between the insulation layer and the hearth slab layer. The form was squared by measuring and measuring and measuring and checking to see if the lines on the tape measure had moved until we all felt comfortable that the form was a perfect square.
The Construction Matrons took over the power tools this week. Tracy & Deb wielded the Sawzall and cut the rebar mesh that was used to strengthen the hearth slab. Steve continued to use his skills to mix the refractory cement that was poured in the form he must have made a lot of mud pies as a child because he seems to take to the mixing of our concrete with the joy and innocence of a child making that special mud pie for that special someone.
Darrel, Bob & Jeff smoothed and leveled out the slab in preparation for the hearth to be constructed next. The supplies for the project this week were the costliest so far. We also had to take added precautions when opening the bags of refractory cement because it is made with silica sand and it can be dangerous to breathe in the silica dust.
Stay tuned to see pictures on our next entry of how milling the cedar for the columns, beams, and rafters went as a group travelled to Wisconsin to help with the milling of the wood that is being donated by Paul Leverenz of Levy’s Milling in New Holstein, Wisconsin.
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