Underground Electric

The original electric lines were overhead, and not only were they ugly, but they were dangerously close to the new above-garage deck as well, so we decided that burying the electric lines made the most sense.

We had to wait an i-n-o-r-d-i-n-a-n-t amount of time for ComEd to come out to look at our electric, but finally they came and approved our request to bury our electric lines.

Joe then rented a trencher from O’Leary’s, and went to work digging the trench.   Thankfully ComEd came out quickly after the trench was built so that he could continue with that project.

Click here to see: Joe using the Ditch Witch

The Foundation Walls Have Been Poured

Although I’d like to think that the whole reason the Ozinga trucks were at the house, was for me to get my picture taken in one of them, they were really actually there to pour the foundation walls.   I had to keep myself at a distance though, as I was worried I might shout out in my best Marge Simpson voice, “be careful, you might fall from there!”, because the guys would balance themselves on the top of the 9 foot tall form boards that were no more than an inch thick, and wield shovels to push the concrete along.  Impressive.

Depending on the consistency of the concrete, they would add water as well as spin the truck faster … so cool to watch!  But before they even pour the concrete, they spray a release agent onto the inside of the forms, so the concrete doesn’t stick to them.

Video of the:Concrete Being Poured