The South Building Second Floor Slab
Part 1 - The Stairs and Slab Forms

The trip to Durango to buy lumber to form the second floor slab fell through because there was a 2 or 3 week wait for the wood, so we bought locally.  This picture shows about half the lumber.

We built the stairs first to make it easier to carry material to the second floor - rebar, electrical, plumbing, concrete, etc - and, most of all, me.J

The brick walls along the inclines have been notched to allow the concrete to bind tightly with the wall.  Bricks have been removed on each side of the landing to allow it to extend fully into the wall.

Metal standards have been set in the concrete steps to support a hand rail and Coco's child-proofing decorative iron  work.   The landings  will have similar railings and iron work.

When the stairs were done, we began building the forms for the 2nd floor slab. 

We decided to do the south house first so  we could complete the street front.  The slab will extend over the front wall and overhang the sidewalk by 18" (40cm).  This will make a 7' deep front porch for the 2nd floor home. 

While all this was going on, we also dug a ditch for the sewer line and installed most of the pipe and  clean-out boxes.  I'll save that story for another day.

Next week when the form work is done, we will begin the rough-in for electrical and plumbing as well as beginning the rebar layouts.  

Cost to date of the south building
2nd floor slab, stairs and sewer line
(US$   at 9 pesos per dollar)


  $ 2,180



S 2nd floor slab on 6/29


Previous Phases:

   South 1st Floor Shell


   North 1st Floor Shell


   Property Walls


   Property Purchase



$ 50,331


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