The Duck Cabin has a Floor

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

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.

The Duck Cabin has a FloorThe Duck Cabin has a Floor

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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As the concrete was poured in the frame Pete smoothed it.

The Duck Cabin has a Floor The Duck Cabin has a Floor

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.

The Duck Cabin has a Floor The Duck Cabin has a Floor

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.

The Duck Cabin has a Floor

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!

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8 thoughts on “The Duck Cabin has a Floor

    • August 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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      We thought we’d have at least half the walls up by now. The weather decided to throw a monkey wrench into that plan. It’s been dry as heck all summer and now it’s raining every day!

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  • August 19, 2017 at 5:13 am
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    Most impressive. I assume the first picture is of the planned decor

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    • August 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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      Yes. The ducks have been shopping online.

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    • August 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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      I want to do video when the walls are going up. If only I knew how to edit you tube!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 10:24 am
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    Elizabeth, when you learn to edit youtube, please teach me!
    When I saw the first pic, after reading the title, I thought “But not a marble one I bet!” lol
    Great going, Pete and Mr. C!!
    I always have lots of questions too! Otherwise, how are we gonna learn??

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    • August 23, 2017 at 1:15 am
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      I’ll let you in on everything I learn, Melinda..which means Pete’s going to teach me and I’ll tell you what he says. I wanted marble floors but Freckles said it clashed with the granite countertops.

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