For the longest time we made very little progress on the duck cabin but now things are really moving! We’ve got all the material to finish construction and everything is in place to complete this project! And now the duck cabin has a floor!
The Duck Cabin has a floor but it took a lot more work than I’d expected!
Mr. Comfortable made stakes from old wood we’d used on a project years ago that was no longer needed. The stakes were to hold the foundation frame firmly in place as the concrete was poured.
First Mr. C made the stakes then pounded them in around the frame for the foundation.
He got the base for the floor ready by first tamping down the dirt so it was very firmly packed. Then he made and used shims to adjust the height of the frame of the Duck Cabin.
The Duck Cabin has a floor that will support the heavy building!
Next he measured and cut rebar. The weight of a log and mortar building was something we had to think about. The rebar will help strengthen the concrete floor. The rebar was put in place and tied to nails embedded in the wooden foundation frame. Mr. C didn’t finish this step until late in the evening. A good portion of the daylight hours had to be spent on running both into the village and to the far end of the next town east. Trips to that town eat up a lot of time!
Several bags of gravel were laid down and tamped firmly. The gravel will allow any moisture from the concrete to leach down and into the ground. It also helps support the foundation. As I understand it anyway.
Bright and early the next morning Mr. Comfortable was out and working. It was the day to put in concrete so the ducks have a floor! He began by moving all the bags of concrete mix to the duck cabin area.
The pool is in the picture because we were also laying out the play area. Mr. C has decided the pool will be built in!
It took a lot of work on a very hot day to make sure the duck cabin has a floor. Thank goodness for Pete and Mr. C!
By the time he finished this chore Pete had arrived and they were ready to begin the floor. I could barely contain myself. I wanted them to stop frequently to allow me to take pictures. Pete suggested that “Cecil B” get shots when possible and stop bothering the work crew. I acquiesced because I didn’t want my contractors to leave the work site.
Mr. C prepared the concrete mix and Pete used a kid’s garden hoe to mix the water and concrete in the wheelbarrow. Mr. C purchased the hoe because the handle was a great length to do this job and it worked perfectly.
As the concrete was poured in the frame Pete smoothed it.
Eventually the guys leveled it. Surprisingly this involved hitting it with a 2 x 4 in the spot it was a little high. Then there was more smoothing and checking that the floor was level.
By this time I’d been banished to the back porch. My contractors didn’t seem to appreciate my helpful questions like; “Are you sure there’s enough water in the mix?” and “Aren’t you going to use that little curvy thing on the edges?” and a
few hundred couple of other pertinent inquiries.
I had to sneak this picture while the men were getting a drink of water. The floor was almost done!
Mr. Comfortable is going to seal the floor because ducks and wet go together like white and rice. Sealing the concrete should make it last a lot longer under the constant assault of water and other wet things the ducks leave behind.
The Duck Cabin has a floor that will support the weight of the building, be easy to clean, and keep out any predators that think Freckles and Penguin would make a tasty midnight snack!
Now it’s on to the door frames, doors, and then *drum roll* the walls!