The Cement Pour for the 2-Story Addition’s Crawl Space (Rat Slab)

On Monday morning the cement truck arrived for the “rat slab” pour (crawl space) for the soon-to-be 2-story addition.


The mason had stopped by last Thursday. He finished the center 3’x3’x1′ pier footing for the parallam which will sit at the mid point of the 18′ addition. In the NW corner, John dug a hole and inserted the sump pump plastic liner.


The mason also cut a notch in the west side wall (patio side) where the parallam will be placed.


This cement pour wasn’t easy. We planned on two helpers to arrive to bring the wheelbarrows over from the cement truck and dump into the crawl space. Only one helper showed up. Because of only having one helper, the truck stayed longer and we were charged extra money ($285.00).


Each time the helper dumped a wheelbarrow load of cement, I used a metal rake to spread it out, and John used the trowel to float the finished surface.


In preparation for the rat slab pour, John placed 6 mil plastic on the leveled ground prior to putting 3 to 4 inches of concrete down. The rat slab was pitched slightly away from the house toward the sump.


Since I was raking in the crawl space I could not take photos of this job from beginning to end. When John got to the corner, I stepped out and captured the final photos of the job.


Without the second helper, the cement pour took two hours.  With enough helpers it should have taken about 45 minutes. We really needed three helpers: two working two wheelbarrows and another person helping John.


John was physically exhausted. It would have been ideal with a pump truck but the company we used doesn’t have one. We should have found a company that did have one because it would have saved us on labor, time and money.


The rat slab is finished and ready for the 2-story addition.

Last Wednesday’s Lumber Delivery @ Brick House 319


Last Wednesday, the lumber was delivered to Brick House 319. There’s a lot of it. John counted as I checked off the invoice. More is expected…

It’s late September and the leaves on the trees will begin to change color very soon. As you can see, the Japanese maple has already begun it’s color changing journey. Soon it will be a brilliant cranberry red.


To keep lumber accessible, it’s best not to stack it. Depending on the job, it is sometimes a good idea to have it delivered in two orders. We wanted to place the wood in the backyard, but the Moffett forklift could not get past the new foundation to access it.


Tuesday’s Brick Wall Demolition Photos @ Brick House 319

After the roof was ripped off, John knocked down the brick wall on the back of the house. By doing this, it will create an open concept floor plan leading from the living room into the new addition/kitchen.


Welcome to our home!