In today’s post I will show you the activity associated with the big cement pour the workers did to get the main floor poured in one day. As I explained last time, the usual work crew consists of six to eight workers, but for a big pour like that needed for the floor, additional workers and equipment are needed so that the work can be completed in one contiguous pour without seams or cracks.
But, before showing you the day of the pour, I neglected to mention some other concerns anyone building here in San Clemente, Ecuador must consider – drainage, termites and other destructive insects, and corrosion from the salt air.
We love living here because of the lovely warm weather that makes for year-round comfort. Unfortunately, that same hospitable climate attracts certain undesirable insects like carpenter bees and termites.
That is why concrete and brick construction is the preferred rule around here to combat the rust and corrosion of the sea breezes laden with salt and the destructive insects.
Also, even though much of the year it is dry with little or no rainfall here in Manabi province, when it does rain in January, February and March, it rains hard at times. Especially in Jackie’s case living next to the mountain, drainage was a huge concern to keep the runoff from the rains from undermining her wall and foundation. The workers put in drain pipes around the wall and the base of the house to route the water away from the foundation walls.
These will be covered with a grates which will allow rain water to be routed to the street and the ocean.
I was not sure of the exact day of the pour, but I got lucky and arrived about midway through the pour and got these pictures.
Workmen carry wooden boxes full of gravel and sand to the mixer.
Bags of cement and water are added and mixed in a power mixer. When the concrete is mixed and ready, the concrete is dumped into a tray and winched up to the second floor.
The concrete is then wheeled over to the finishers who skate it down and finish it with trowels.
It is back-breaking work on a hot day, but my Ecuadorian friends are still willing to pose for a quick photo.
And even to mix some fun in with a hard day’s work.
Life is good in Ecuador!