Crawl space, access to basement, first lumber delivery
Around noon, Sean came out with Scott and Chris, one of his concrete sub-contractors, and Alex his nephew.
They cleaned up the gravel and laid down vapor barrier in the crawl space, in prep for pouring the concrete floor.
On the left is Sean in background and Scott in foreground. On the right is Chris.
Here is the entire crew laying down the vapor barrier of clear plastic sheeting. Note the wood forms which
Scott installed to allow a concrete wall to be poured up against the existing, but ancient,
existing loose stone foundation.
Work started on removing a section of the existing basement wall to provide access to the new crawl space.
An existing window was removed, concrete sawed through, and existing foundation stone removed.
The photo on the left is Sean sawing concrete from inside the existing basement, while on the right,
Alex watches from outside. The gas concrete saw set off smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the
house, even with a plastic barrier temporarily set up in the basement! Note the hand sticking out of the wall
in the right-hand photo; could it be a body left there years ago??? ;>}
Here is Scott, helping Sean by removing sandstone block from the existing foundation.
On the left is Sean inside and Alex outside with the opening about 3/4 complete at 1:30 pm. On the right is a
photo of the crawl space access from inside the existing basement, The water line will be moved once the floor
joists are added to the crawl space in the next few days.
I left just after 1:30 pm to go shopping for bathroom vanity, toilet, tub and accessories. I went with my
good friends Sandy and Jerry who were a HUGE help in guiding me through all the bathroom options. The bathroom
items must be spec'd out so Sean has them in time for framing, plumbing, electrical and installation.
Unfortunately, I missed the cement truck and the floor pour, but got back in time to see the first lumber delivery
which arrived at about 8:15 pm! The truck left at 8:50 pm!
Here are two photos of the newly poured, 3 inch concrete floor in the crawl space.
Sean left orange messages for the lumber delivery; where to place the lumber on the work site.
On the right, my neighbor Bill can't believe the size of the lumber truck with crane!
Here we can see the crane in action. Note the truck has extended legs, and no wonder; Dave said that the crane
can handle a load of 3000 lbs at a distance of 40 feet from the truck! That works out to a torque of 120,000 ft-lbs!
On the left, Dave, the lumber delivery guy, manipulates the crane with a wireless remote unit for better placement.
On the right is a photo of all the lumber in place. Please excuse the quality of this photo as it was already
ten to nine!