“Huh?” you might be thinking. Well, I spent my Christmas gift money on something I’ve been thinking about getting for years. PWS = Personal Weather Station and KWVHOOKS2 is the Station ID that Weather Underground assigned to my new Ambient Weather WS-1200-IP OBSERVER Solar Powered Wireless Internet Remote Monitoring Weather Station. Since we are going to be installing a solar hot water system soon, I splurged and got a station that includes UV and solar radiation readings. This system streams outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV and solar radiation, and indoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.
You can see the current data over on the right sidebar, and you can peruse historical data (not much yet, just it installed yesterday!) by clicking on KWVHOOKS2 over there as well.
It took me another 3 days to dig us out to the point where we could get a vehicle on the road. My back-of-the-envelope calculations are that I moved at least 10,000 cubic feet of snow — around 640 feet of driveway by 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep, more or less, give or take.
Today was cleanup day 1 from the monster East Coast winter storm that ended last night around 8 p.m., after pummeling us with snow for 32 hours.
The prediction is for a “possibly historic” snow storm in our neck of the woods, with snow measured in feet and high winds as well, starting tomorrow. We have spent much of this week preparing — getting hay in for the goats, filling holes where our dog Bersheba digs out (so as to make sure she is here tomorrow when she and Suddy will get locked into the southern portico of the goat shed with plenty of food), removing the last of the construction debris around the house, etc. Here are the fruits of our labor:
The concrete finishers arrived at 7 am this morning, and the pump lady showed up shortly thereafter. The first of two concrete trucks (this pour is about 17 cubic yards) rolled in around 7:30.
Here is a short time-lapse view of the end of the first truck’s worth of concrete being poured.
One question that has come up is how long it will take for the concrete to set/cure/dry. “Setting” is the process of the concrete hardening to the point of being able to be floated to a smooth finish; generally speaking this takes several hours, more or less. “Curing” is the chemical process of the concrete fully hardening; after a week or so the concrete is around 70% cured and can safely be walked on, but it takes a month to reach 100%. It is still not “dry”, however, as that process takes, by rule of thumb, one month for each inch of thickness. So this slab won’t be fully dry until spring.
I intend to stay off this slab for at least a week. I am not yet sure whether I need to wait a month or 5 months before putting the sealant on it, more research is needed.
After a number of delays, we have been told that our final concrete pour for our addition (the finished great room floor) will finally be happening tomorrow. Here is a (probably boring) walk-through showing our prep work.
Well, almost, still have to do the final cleanup. We are trying to arrange the final concrete pour, but with winter on the way the concrete tradesmen are very busy trying to get their outdoor pours done.
This pour is about 1068 square feet and will be 4½ – 5 inches thick. It is being poured on top of a suspended concrete slab subfloor. We want to add mica flakes at the end of the pour to add a bit of sparkle. From what we understand, this means trowel-finishing the entire floor.
As I said in an earlier post, we got delayed in our construction over the summer. We got a six-month extension on our building permit, so mid-December is our new target for completion. Still lots to do, but now that the hot weather has broken I am able to get more done. My #1 priority is to get the heat tubing in place so we can schedule the final concrete pour(s). (#2 priority is to get the rooftop solar collection tubes up.)