Again an exciting week, we finished the first part of the second floor, about 40% of the total floor.
The coco lumber poles were nailed together to make a fully covering scaffold for the second floor and the arcs and beams. On top of it sheets of plywood are nailed.
Next the wooden floor was covered by a grid of steel bars and on top a second grid shfted in two directions.
Of course the plumbing and electricity pipes were also installed. I had even a last minute change, hot water in all bathrooms upstairs.
Pouring the concrete had to be done at once, so in one working day. We used 137 bags of cement this day. For this day I hired extra workers, we had 33 people working for us. My wife, sister in law and our made prepared the food and drinks for all workers, which meant merienda in the morning, lunch, merienda afternoon and then the final party.
The work started 8 am and was finished 5.15 pm. After paying the salaries (33 paper bags with the money we prepared the night before), all workers were invited for a small party with Emperador, beer, soft drinks, soup and BBQ sticks.
See my picture show below.
|Robert prepares the plywood cast for the main arc in front|
|Plywood cast is almost ready|
|Ready to move into position|
|Here we go ...|
|... and go ...|
|Pete prepares the plumbing and electric pipes|
|Coco lumber support of the 2nd floor construction|
|Ernie fixes the light bulbs in case we have to work in dark after 6 pm|
|Starting the chain with cement buckets up and empty buckets down|
|First corner above dirty kitchen done|
|Merrienda break time|
|Pete installs last minute changes for the plumbing|
|Almost done, the last corner above the clean kitchen|
|Job is done, waiting for the salary|
|Madam prepared the drinks for the workers party|