In our previous root cellar/storm shelter episode, we added a concrete footer slab all the way around the east side. This worked pretty well, keeping the majority of water out. However, with rain usually coming in from north and west, and there still being some leaking, we needed to do the north side as well (the west side currently has flashing attached to the root cellar wall acting as a footer).
I requested this past Wednesday, our monthly community work day, for the fellows to help with pouring the concrete. In preparation, I dug out the footer, which was 1 foot out, 4 inches deep, and then another 4-6 inches out, 8 inches deep as a trench. I had to start around the previous east footer because I had dug out that trench all the way to the root cellar wall, which wasn’t correct, since water in the trench could just flow up to the root cellar wall and then down it, which defeated the purpose of the trench.
Foreman William apparently had to approve:
I put in some concrete anchor bolts to try to help join the new concrete with the old, spaced about 2 feet apart:
And added re-mesh, tying it to the anchor bolts and elevating it off the ground with rocks:
Then it was time for work day and the pour:
We mixed in some dirt into the concrete to try to help it go a little farther:
And here it is all done! It was about 25 feet long, and the guys banged it out in about two hours, 32 bags of 80 pound Quickrete. It seems to be holding ok at this time — I had to spray it down with water all afternoon because even in the shade, it was drying too fast and starting to show cracks:
Since we finished the whole footer in the morning, the guys came back after lunch break and helped with painting a few items around the homestead:
The ladies did some painting in the morning, along with some preparation on preserving our garden pumpkins, and in the afternoon, Sue continued to work on the pumpkins for final processing, and the ladies worked on sewing:
And then at the end of community work day, we had our customary taco meal together!
Here are the pumpkins cut up, and the meat and juice preserved:
And the seeds drying on the solar food dehydrator:
Thanks again to everyone here for their help on work day! And we are thankful to the Lord for allowing us to be able to work together — we pray He glorifies Himself through these things. And we are thankful to Him for continued progress on the homestead.