Concrete pour in the hood 2 hours ago

I heard the rumrumrum of a concrete truck around 10 this morning while standing at the MacPro. I have to admit to being a fan of concrete pours. Since my first building experience at age 12 helping my dad build a concrete block house, to working on two house-building projects in the ’60s, each with lots of concrete work — I’ve been fascinated by the process. Things have to be ready. The crew has to be competent and experienced. Once concrete is poured, it’s — THERE. No compromises. All this is exciting. You gotta be on!

So around the corner I went to my neighbor Steve’s. Steve, a local mason, is in the process of moving a 40′ by 16′ house from a couple of miles away onto his property. A few weeks ago, it came down the road (after some tree trimming) in a rainstorm and was deposited on Steve’s lot.

This is a win-winner. The house didn’t have to be demolished (which it would have been), plus Steve gets a 640 sq. ft. stud-framed shell that he can fix up.

Today was pour day. Steve had an all-star crew of local builders helping out. A photo op!

Pumping concrete is so easy with a pump, compared to hauling chutes all around and pulling it along with shovels in the trenches, or worse yet, having to use wheelbarrows. The concrete was coming out of a 4″ rubber hose and the guys were having a good time, fueled by coffee and sugar donuts. Sun out after days of rain. A good day.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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