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Who measures by "yards"?
5 December 2008 - 3:54pm
Concrete people, that's who.
When Mike mentioned in our last Directors Meeting that the first Pilgrims Plunge tower foundation required 240 yards of concrete, only a few of us nodded our heads.
I don't pretend to know anything about construction.
So, Mike, what exactly is a "yard"?
We're all familiar with a backyard, a prison yard, a school yard, and Scotland Yard. There's a yard of fabric and a yard stick.
But for many yards of concrete going into a deep hole, you need one of these:
No doubt there were many more steps than this, but basically a very big hole was dug and supports added. Rebar, too, to make it pretty.
Let's step back a bit for a wider look.
Below is the "after" picture of the middle foundation, which took a mere 148 yards of concrete. Lisa has posted even more photos on our Facebook page.
A concrete truck holds nine yards of concrete.
A yard of concrete weighs approximately one ton.
That much concrete (240 yards) would fill half of the Otorongo splash pool.
Someone even calculated that's a total of 49,000 gallons.
Mrs. Koch wanted to know what that amounts to in tablespoons. We immediately knew it was time to move to the next agenda item.