An action packed day

This is the big day. We are definitely casting the roof and ceiling concrete. We call in a big team specialized in this type of operation. They organize a large machine to carry the concrete onto the roof, gauge by gauge…

It is important that the cement mixer is positioned in the right place and well fixed that it wont budge an inch.

While unloading the sand, cement and gravel the cement mixer is digesting the previous load. Then the mix is poured into buckets fixed onto a conveyor belt up onto the roof.

On the roof, things aren’t quite on schedule…the electrician faced with the odd complication is only just catching up …

… protecting an small area around the electrical junction boxes (in this case for a fan) with a mixture of mud which will space the box from the concrete and allow for easy access below in the ceiling after the metal and wood shuttering is removed.

On the sides the masons are checking levels for the last time.

Its 8 am, we are underway and full steam ahead..its going to be a long day.

Some steel sheets are placed on top of the iron roof lattice to allow for the wheelbarrow of concrete to distribute where necessary.

First we fill the beams …

… then the sides of the roof …

… upon which the mix is a dry one to prevent it from running off.

While some are casting the concrete, some ar ahead finishing the shutters while others are placing the spacers..an organized chaos, timed to the last minute!

The concrete is methodically spread, mm perfect!

We rent a vibrating machine which spreads the concrete and removes any air pockets.

Amazingly, asides our pleads that they wear boots, the workers seem immune to the harmful side effects of cement! All accept one who accepted the boots…

This is a traditional way of compacting and levelling after the vibrator has done its work.

Once the concrete drys a worker goes along and scratches a coarse key to allow for a suitably rough surface for the next layer of cement.

Phew… just on time ! A last minute delivery of water after our water tank is dry due to a power cut which cuts the well motors. Our engineer is much relieved. He now has to organize a lighting system as work will have to continue through the night.

The workers are working at full capacity to keep things on schedule …

… however light is not on our side …

… darkness descends and lanterns are set in place.

2.30am and things slowly are wrapping up…

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