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August 2007

Brian Hauswirth Truck

Brian Hauswirth Truck

Concrete transfer

concrete transfer

David Francis

David Francis

David Francis on the truck

David on truck

David Francis

David Francis

Water line

water line

Looking to the east

looking to the east

Looking to the west

looking to the west

Pat Beyers

Pat Beyers

Tom Thornton

Tom Thornton

Floor Preparation

floor prep

Walls braced for pouring

walls braced for pour

walls braced

Pouring the floor

pouring floor

“The SuperWindowMan hired Jay Reed and crew, of Reed Construction, to pour the basement floor. No, that wasn’t The SuperWindowMan Strike Force in the previous photo, that was Jay and Rob Reed, along with their employee, working class heroes, say true and thank God big big. Give Jay a call for all your concrete needs!”

Reed Construction

Jamey Nordstrom, another hard-working employee of Moyle Concrete and Building Supply, delivers the OSB tongue & groove floor sheathing. Jamey is another working-class hero, say true and thank God big big.

Aug Sep

Even though he was confronted by the Jubjub birds, who applied for work with the SuperWindowMan in July, and thereafter did their best to confound and befuddle him by refusing to understand spoken English, work on the home has made progress. While the Frumious Bandersnatch lay in wait near other jobsites the SuperWindowMan worked on in July, the Nudura insulated concrete forms (ICFs) were installed and readied for concrete.

The ICFs were installed, braced, and the call was made to Superior Sand and Gravel for 30 yards of concrete. Surprisingly, the skies remained blue, a watershed event, and on schedule, David Francis arrived at 9 AM, driving the conveyor truck. After setting up, David walked the SuperWindowMan through the pour, standing five feet away from the wall, controlling the conveyor with a hand remote, the walls were poured in stages.

The people at Superior Sand and Gravel don't mess around and they have pouring concrete walls down to a science. Shortly before the conveyor truck was empty, Brian Hauswirth, T-346 “Bumblebee” arrived on scene and began unloading into the conveyor chute. I had time to change into a fresh pair of gloves.

As Brian's truck was emptying, Tom Thorton, T-312 was on hand and he began to pour his load into the conveyor. I manned the rubber sock at the end of the conveyor, the concrete pouring into the forms as I walked it along our wooden scaffold and David Francis controlled the flow from his remote, standing just outside the foundation, stopping and starting the conveyor as we worked around window and door openings.

The concrete just kept coming and before Tom's truck was empty, Pat Beyers, T-322 arrived to finish the pour. The clock said noon.

Before the pour, I'd heard negative reports about the Nudura ICF, bad-mouthing really, stories of forms “blowing-out” from inadequate or improperly applied bracing. I'd heard the commercials about the strongest form on the market. The Nudura ICF worked, there were no problems, and this was the first concrete wall I've poured. It went by without a hitch and the guys from Superior Sand and Gravel, led by David Francis, T-242 Conveyor, Brian Hauswirth, Tom Thorton, and Pat Beyers, working-class heroes all, as well as my employee, Josh Scherer, got 'er done. Josh, by the way, comprehends English, attends MTU, majoring in mechanical engineering, and he has promised to send me a photo of the new truck he buys every year once he has graduated and has moved on, no doubt landing a job with a major firm, impressed with his real world experience with the SuperWindowMan.

If you turned left (you can only turn left here) by Kiilunen Repair works, continue north on Gregory. You could turn right/east, onto any number of intersecting streets, from 12th to 14th, and continue east until you get to Corago Street and turn left onto Corago, following it north until it eventually turns 90 degrees to the right onto Aspen Drive. 1009 Aspen Drive is the last lot on the left just past the “T” intersection with Garden Street.

Check out the photos and the additional information about that area of Lake Linden. The lot size is 18,092 square feet, measures 101.12’ on the front, 100’ on the back, 180.92’ on the west side and 196’ on the right side. For the sake of comparison, I’ve been living on a lot that measures 50’ x 100’, so 1009 Aspen Drive is four times as big.

Map 1009 Aspen Drive

Walt Anderson, owner, licensed, insured, bonded
725 Maple Street,
Lake Linden, MI


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