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.
petrushka: Thank you! Had a great party with the boardgamers group (and BBQ, cakes and cards!)
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misssunnybunny: You're welcome! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate
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Feb 29, 2020 18:14:01 GMT -5
petrushka: Glad you got that off your chest ;-)
Mar 6, 2020 23:35:38 GMT -5
worksforme2: It is a sad day here in my small town, the only cinema has closed...it's probably close to 30 miles to get to one now...
Mar 7, 2020 19:48:28 GMT -5
worksforme2: Since our esteemed governor has declared a state of emergency here in NC (a total of 12 cases so far) the hording of toilet paper has begun. Is diarrhea a part of covid 19? I see Lowes and Home Depot have quick install toilet retro fit bidets.
Mar 13, 2020 10:34:57 GMT -5
petrushka: I've no idea what it is with the toilet paper hoarding. I walked out of a supermarket yesterday and saw a woman with the jumbo sized trolley and some 4x 18 roll packs of toilet paper. Nuts. Completely nuts. Incidentally, a bidet is definitely the way to go
Mar 14, 2020 6:18:43 GMT -5
petrushka: Even her little 5 or 6 year old was questioning her purchase!
Mar 14, 2020 6:25:44 GMT -5
petrushka: One of my favourite quotes for the last 30 years: "don't ever look a sheep in the eyes, the intellectual vacuum may suck your brains out". Well, let's all drink to the sheeple! (besides, alcohol is a good disinfectant).
Mar 14, 2020 6:31:26 GMT -5
frednsa: so...............i'd like to tell her when she "attempts to placate me": have you ever been invited to a party where you knew for certain that you WEREN'T wanted ?
Mar 19, 2020 15:57:05 GMT -5
worksforme2: Former Miss Hawaii tests positive. Being the gallant lad that I am I have offered her the use of my guest bedroom to "shelter in place"..
Mar 23, 2020 20:34:21 GMT -5
worksforme2: Hey tamara68, there is a covid19 positive cat in Belgium, watch out for it.
Mar 30, 2020 14:05:56 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme I think I have to be more careful for all infected people. Most likely I already have Covid19
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