Not really woodwork related, but this is an update on my Carport build…
The tropical storms and high winds are threatening to undo my work, so I made the decision that I would have to build the walls of the carport from concrete block to make sure it was going nowhere. I thought I had put enough support in the original build, but I have witnessed storms over the last few weeks that would test any freestanding structure.
So yesterday my supplies arrived in three loads, they had to use a small vehicle due to my location, now for the time being my workshop is a Building Supplies Store!
and the parking area has the 300 blocks and 2m sand blocking access for anything else
I dry laid the first course of blocks and drilled for the rebar, which will support the first four courses, there will be nine courses in total plus some top filler bits. The rebar comes in 6m lengths, so I cut it to a metre, and set it up ready for work to commence today.
once the rebar was inserted I removed the blocks and stacked them, which was my first mistake!
This morning I started work, I have always been taught to take my time laying the first course as this is critical, then the others will follow on, so I was doing just that, until I had laid block No.6 and I knew I had a problem… Out came the tape measure and sure enough my blocks were from at least three different manufacturers, and all varied in size, despite being sold as 40×10x20cm, they varied up to 2cm, consequently the planted rebar, did not now match with the holes in the blocks. I thought of re-drilling, but ruled that out as I would have the same problem in the subsequent courses, so I had to start cutting blocks, the air turned blue! You would think that the Colombians could at least get their concrete moulds the right size, I have come to accept that most things are not what they should be, but concrete blocks!
I haven’t done any serious building work for over four years and it told. I have to wear a back support when lifting due to a longstanding problem, but by lunchtime I could hardly move, and I still hadn’t finished the first course. After lunch I completed the course, by which time it was 3pm. Despite having beautiful mornings, it is still winter here, at 4pm we are normally guaranteed a storm of varying intensity, I wanted the mortar to have a chance to set enough not to be effected by rain, so I cleared up. Then crawled upstairs for a shower, then made the mistake of having a siesta, when I woke, I couldn’t get out of bed!
This doesn’t bode well for the rest of the build, I am just hoping that I will loosen up as time passes, and I can get this finished. I can’t say that building is my favourite pastime, but I was taught by a friend in Spain, so I know I can do it, and won’t pay someone else to do, what I can do myself. Fortunately, there is no pressure on time, other than it is stopping me woodworking, which is another incentive to get it done.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright