Vince’s dad had a construction business and his brothers took it over as his dad got older. They built the speed skating oval in Lake Placid that was used in the Olympics, a damn, a hydroelectric plant and other smaller places. Vince worked for them in the summers during college and he loves concrete work. Sometimes we’ll pass by where they’re pouring concrete and I know he has the same feelings I have when we pass a yarn shop.
He’s planned his week around being home today when they were pouring the concrete for the internet tower. Monday – take two vehicles to get inspected; Tuesday – take the pickup to be inspected; Thursday – take the Honda in for an alignment; Friday – go with a friend to eat lunch.
He was out of the house early this morning, anticipating the arrival of the concrete truck. I had wanted to go out and watch the pour. I thought it was only one truck but I had no idea so when I started down the driveway and saw the truck leaving, I thought I had missed it but there were three more trucks coming.
The hole is 3-1/2′ deep and 15′ square so, if I knew anything about volume, and how much concrete one local truck holds, I would have known it would have been more than one truck. I would come closer to being able to tell you how much yarn I could put in that truck! 🙂
The truck dumped the leftover concrete at the end of our driveway where there’s a dip and the trucks are dragging and messing up the shoulder. I was going to walk down there and watch but looked and said . . nope, I’m going back to the house!
Vince started doing the “finish” on the concrete and the internet guys said “Move over, buddy . . you’re too old to be working in this heat!” No . . they didn’t really say that but that’s what they were thinking and they wouldn’t let Vince do any of the work. Those guys are so nice and so helpful. It’s refreshing to deal with them.
It isn’t meant to be a nice, poured concrete driveway . . it’s just meant to hold the rock together out there and help the trucks not sink into the rock, then have to floor it to get out and drag on the edge of the shoulder.
Vince had fun spending the morning around the guys working with the concrete.