constructed from shipping containers. Sustainable is a funny term; and its pretty meaningless at this point. I mention that because one of the materials that I like to use underneath concrete is recycled crushed concrete, which you'll see in the picture above. I use it in place of large rock. To get it to act right though you have to top it with a smaller crushed rock -- the crushed concrete is pretty rounded, and won't lock together. A topping of 2" clear crushed rock will filter into the cracks around each chunk of the concrete, and make a very nice surface for your slab.
So here's what the health department complaint has cost me:
$560 for gravel of various sizes
$93 for a plate compactor
$250 labor (so far)
$3,100 in legal fees.
I'm doing the slab because I am *really* tired of having to rebed my entire pig herd every other day. This slab will be both a concrete feeding area per the health department complaint, and a shelter big enough to fit my entire herd into, and managed as a deep litter system.
I'll post some pictures of the smaller gravel application, forming and pour when we do it. I'm actually looking forward to having the concrete -- despite the fact that I'm annoyed at the health department, I do like the idea of having more of the food go into the hogs and less into the mud.
I'm still not decided what I'll do about the health department complaint. I'm mulling my options.
4 days ago