It's really mind-boggling. The walls will get steel rods screwed into them at the bottom, and those rods (and the binding with the concrete floor) will hold the walls up once the floor's poured. The slab gets very thick around the edges, like about 12" or more, you can see a grey area at the inside lower edge of some panels that is indicative of the final floor level.
For some earthquake-experience based reasons they have gone away from welding the panels together. Seems counter-intuitive, doesn't it?
In the middle of the floor are piles of crushed rock as base for the floor, which will 'only' be 4" thick in the centre of each room. So they'll level that before the concrete trucks come in, put in whatever ducts and the steel ...
Oh, that's clever with how they tie the walls into the slab. I wondered when I saw the holes at the bottom if it was for tension rods for the concrete slab. They do that for some home slabs here to keep them from cracking - they float intact over the soil (the rods go from edge to edge of the slab and get torqued down behind steel plates).
Here they seem to pour the floor first, then use it as the platform for pouring the wall sections that they tilt up later and weld together. I can only guess that NZ has discovered it's better for the building to sway instead of being rigid.
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No earthquake around here. We do have geothermal activity in a few places in the Far North, but nothing much, and we seem to be far enough away from the fault lines that we don't seem to feel any quakes. Which, by the way, is just fine with me!
That last quake, by all accounts a pretty big one except it didn't strike a population centre full on, was about 1000km from here. Kaikoura is a pretty small town, as is Hamner Springs - they are both pretty tourist-y places though. Wellington, the capitol, also got shaken up a bit. Several buildings have already been condemned. Wellington is still waiting for The Big One though ... which apparently is overdue, but that's been bandied about by geologists since the 80s at least. Not that 30 years counts for much on the geological time scale.
So yes, we're fine. Thanks for asking. The worker bees are getting the reinforcing steel ready for the pour on Friday. We got the - pretty much final - floor plan for the house to the engineer/architect tonight. He thinks he'll be ready to submit it to council after the X-mess holidays.
misssunnybunny: You're welcome! So glad to hear you had a great day
Jan 19, 2019 16:34:01 GMT -5
worksforme2: anyone hear anything lately from mrslowmaintenance or smartkat?
Jan 24, 2019 18:06:02 GMT -5
petrushka: Just saw the forecast for Mildura at 47C -- I hope you and Ms. Enna are going to be ok Baz. That's getting dangerous.
Jan 24, 2019 20:10:00 GMT -5
lifeinwoodinville: I last heard from mrslowmaintenance about a month ago. I have been in regular contact with her for the last year and a half. I feel comfortable in saying that her situation remains unchanged. If you want to know more PM me.
Jan 25, 2019 22:36:50 GMT -5
worksforme2: Hey baza,...I know it's hot and dry down under. N.C. is having record rainfall. I would gladly trade some rain for some sunshine....
Feb 22, 2019 20:28:35 GMT -5
tamara68: Today it's steak and blowjob day! I suppose the steak is for those who don't get a blowjob.
Mar 14, 2019 16:49:49 GMT -5
petrushka: tamara68 Laughing with tears in my eyes. And my steak is going to be semolina gruel, due to some tummy upset :-\
Mar 15, 2019 1:11:10 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: So sad to hear the news from New Zealand. Boston Strong supports Kiwi Strong!!
Mar 15, 2019 7:46:22 GMT -5
petrushka: I was gobsmacked when I heard. This is just not us. In all of 2017 we had 37 murders in the country ..... I think the echo chambers of "social media" have a lot to answer for.
Mar 15, 2019 18:45:45 GMT -5
baza: Feeling for our Brothers and Sisters across the ditch Brother petrushka .
Mar 15, 2019 19:27:50 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: petrushka, I thought I read the headline wrong (this stuff happens here, not in NZ). It is frightening the hate that is being spread; it makes my heart hurt.
Mar 15, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -5
saarinista: All of us, IMHO, should try to be civil and kind as much as possible in person and online. I actively Tweet (civilly) on political matters and am horrified by the rancor & trolling on both sides of the spectrum, which only inflames unstable people.
Mar 19, 2019 23:21:20 GMT -5
saarinista: is anyone else watching March Madness?
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