The Water Tower is not yet Finished, and we could put a Wind Generator on Top of the Water Tower, which would stand in the Center of the Roof. However, because of a Lack of Consistent Wind, the Generator would not be Working most of the Time; and therefore it is not such a Great Idea, except that this Method of Construction would be Ideal in the Right Location: because it provides a Good Foundation for such a Generator.
The Reinforcement Bars are located one foot apart on center in both directions. Half of the Floor was filled with Rhyolite Rocks, which is nearly as Hard as Granite; and the other half was solid Concrete without Rhyolite [pronouced RII-oo-liit — double letters are LONG Sounds]. The Part with the Rocks developed slight Cracks, after all of the Weight was added to the Top; and therefore, it was not a Good Idea to include the "Space-saving Money-saving" large Rocks, even though this Floor rests upon Conglomerate Rock, which is what I call a Poor Man’s Bedrock. Notice the Concrete Form at the left, which is set up for the First Concrete Pillar, which held the Excess Concrete after the Floor was poured, which we completed by Hand.
Notice Electrical PVC Conduit protruding up from the Pillars, in order to provide Electrical Outlets within each Cubical: because, in an Emergency, these Cubicles can be used for Screened-in “Bedrooms” for Beggars, who would be much Happier in this Situation, than they would be trying to Sleep in a Culvert, or under a Bridge on a Freeway: because they would at least have something Good to Eat from a Swangkee Garden, after getting a Good Night's Sleep.
It Required all Day, just to get the Ramps set up; and then it Required half of a Day to get the Metal Concrete Forms set up; and another Cool Morning, in order to get the Concrete made and poured into those Forms. Remember that most of this Building was made during the Heat of the Summer, and was well Watered each Day, in order to Harden the Concrete, and to Cool it off: because too much Heat will Ruin Concrete.
We dumped the Buckets of Concrete out Inside of the Concrete Forms.
Notice that Rebars were used throughout the Building, in order to Tie it all Together.
This Job Required 5 of us 2 Days to complete, just to get ready for the Concrete, which Required another whole Day of Steady Work with about 500 Buckets full of Concrete, being Mixed by Hand with a small Concrete Mixer, in order to pour this one Slab, which is held up by Heavy Oak Timbers that rest on Metal Clamps (painted Red), which are Bolted Together across the Upper Ends of the Concrete Pillars. (Click on "Original" for a larger Picture of it.)
Notice the large Rectangular Concrete Block in the Center of the Top of the Middle Pillars. That Block is 8 feet long, 2 feet high, and 2 feet thick. It is what I call the Balancing Rock that Secures the entire Building, just in case there is an Earthquake: because its Weight Wants to FALL INWARD toward the Center of the Building. Likewise, the Twin Block that is on the other Side of this Building also Wants to FALL INWARD: because it is set Inward on the Inside of the Pillars that Support it. You could call it Drag Weight, or a “Dead Man” in the Air. Moreover, you can See that we used Heavy 1/4-inch-thick Steel Forms for making the Pillars, which is a Dangerous Job: because one of those Sheets of Steel can Crush a Foot, if it should Fall on it, or even Kill someone who is Under it, if it should Fall from such a Distance. Therefore, if you are going to Do any such Dangerous Thing, make Sure that you Know what you are Doing, and Keep all Creatures AWAY from Under it, until it is Bolted into its Place. (It might be Interesting for you to Learn that no one has ever been Hurt nor Injured while Working with me, unless they Disobeyed me, which Happened one Time, and only Resulted with a Hurt Toe, which soon Recovered.) UPDATE: Mauricio and I was moving a one-inch-thick Sheet of Steel, to haul it away for Scrap Metal, and it somehow dropped on one of his Fingers, and Hurt it badly. It would have been better to just let it lay there and rust away, since we might have gotten 2$ for it, after hauling it 55 miles. And that is HOW Capitalism Works. They likely Sold it to some other Poor Person for 100$. It was originally more than 200$. I should have given it to the Welder. After all, we are supposed to do Good for those People who do Evil to us, and he was one of them.
The Floor for the Guard House is made in 3 Parts, with the larger Part being in the Middle.
No Cracks have appeared so far in that Floor. Each Part was poured and Cured with Water for 2 Months before the Forms were moved. Notice that the little White House is dwarfed by this Concrete “Monolith Dizzyland Monstrosity,” as someone called it. Notice the Beautiful Sky, which makes such Work very Pleasant, when Compared with the Work that other People do in Noisy Factories, Dusty Fields, and Stinking Slaughterhouses. No one was Injured during this entire Project, nor with any other Swangkee Project up to this Date — not even a Smashed Toe: because we are not Rushed by Capitalism! And neither should any one else be Rushed by Capitalism: because "Accidents" are just one of the many Disadvantages for that System of a very BAD Economy. UPDATE: See a Previous Photo for an Explanation of 2 Minor Injuries within 30 Years of my Snoopervision.
However, in order to get the Pillars exactly Level, we added on the Short Pillars that you can see at the Top, which are now covered with Black Metal Forms. Each Short Pillar was filled with just Enough Concrete to make all of them Level with each other. We used a Transit to make a Mark on each Pillar, and then we used a Special Jig to Measure the amount of Concrete within each Short Pillar Form. Now it is Ready for the Concrete Roof. UPDATE: Looking back at the Finished Product, I wish that we had made "Tables" on Top of those Pillars, instead of the small black Blocks, so that the Tables might have helped to hold up the Roof.
First, however, a Month before Kevin and his Crew arrived, we poured a Concrete Slab on the Ground that is 30 feet wide and 32 feet long: so that Kevin and Crew could set up the Forms on Top of that Slab for pouring the Roof on the Ground.