Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

January 18, 2010

Thawed Mud and Poured Walls

Filed under: Beginnings — Duane Diefenbach @ 9:06 pm

Today,  Martin Luther King Day, began the setting of forms and pouring foundation walls.  But I get ahead of myself. First, the footers were poured on Friday with a beginning temperature of <10 degrees F and covered with blankets to help them cure properly.  Saturday was beautiful so I decided to work on the solar kiln (another story not yet told on this blog, but see picture on our home page). Sunday started out cold (below 32 degrees), which was good because it kept the mud frozen. The family worked on getting the stone distributed around the footers before the rain started.

And the rain started about 10am on Sunday.  And kept going until about 10pm.  Now the frozen ground was quickly being replaced by mud.  And the excavated sidewalls began falling onto the footers.  Wonderful.

But by Monday morning other than 3″ of mud everywhere the project could proceed.  The day started sunny but quickly clouded over, but didn’t get any warmer – but well above freezing.

It all worked out (I think). We’ll have photos of the poured wall soon.

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