Weather was beautiful today. Got to the farm earlier than usual to do some of the chores, and then prepare for a concrete pour.
We clean the concrete by running the tractor bucket up and down it, and/or pressure washing it, and it makes moving equipment much less messy. No more lakes of mud.
The preparation is the hard part; the pour itself is a little like an afterthought. I ran the chute on the back of the concrete truck, and directed the driver with hand signals; forward, lock the chute, turn on the concrete, turn it off... I'd wave the chute back and forth, putting down an even layer of concrete, as close to level as I could get it. Behind me was a crew of 3 guys; two on the "scree", a long board that spanned the slab, sawing it back and forth to get the concrete to a rough level, and a guy with a shovel, that alternately added or subtracted concrete from the area being screed. I'd pour a 5 to 8 foot length, we'd scree and shovel, and then I'd move the truck forward. At this thickness and width a concrete truck covers about 55'.
The guy running the chute is actually the key player in this little drama. If you pour it on too thick, or too thing, the concrete has to be moved by hand. The chute is heavy, and it takes a little practice to get the hang of it. I like laying concrete slabs like this in 8 to 10' widths because it's easier to screed and finish than wider slabs.
Beautiful day to be out working in the sun. 50 degrees, smells like early spring, things are growing. Promise of the new year.