Today was our first Saturday project-day. We slept in until the kids were yelling so loudly that we HAD to get up, we made a big breakfast, and we went outside to do this:
|The second half of the concrete... 10 80# bags, then 12 60# bags=1520 lbs of concrete!|
I never really intended this sidewalk to be the first of our big projects, but it just kind of happened that way. The story was this: we dug the hole and bought the stuff to put in a concrete slab for our Air Conditioning. The sooner we get the slab in and cured, and then we finish the fences, the sooner we can have AC installed, so of course we wanted to do that as quickly as we could. We thought--hey! while we're doing the AC slab, let's also put in the sidewalk to the garage door that we really want to do. Consolidate the use of a mixer, you know. And right now, while we're still doing projects on our loan contingency money, we can borrow the cement mixers from the corporation we built with. Win-win, right? So we bought the first load of concrete, brought it all over, were getting set up, and went to do the final measuring of the AC slab. We asked a friend across the street if we could measure their AC unit just so we wouldn't have to make the slab any bigger than absolutely necessary, and that's when we realized the AC COMES with a base... *forehead smack.* So we bagged the whole AC slab part and just focused on the sidewalk.
It took 2 wheelbarrows full of gravel and the better part of a Saturday, but it looks pretty good for being our first foray into concrete, don't you think? And even if it cracks and falls apart (which I don't think it will)--you know what? It's OUR house. :)