So only 28 days to wait, until we can fire up the chillers!

If you look at my other blog posts, you see the pictures and videos of the concrete pad that has all the refrigeration in it.

This photo shows the area that is a chilled slab for the scraper, to keep the blade the same temperature as the ice.


Here you see it poured, covered with Visqueen, curing.  After 7 days, they do a break test to determine how it is curing.  After that we should be able to put single man scissor lifts out on the concrete.Once we hit this point, then we can start wiring and running lights in the ice area.

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In the next post I will show you the progress we have made with the interior warm space.

And if the pictures were not enough, here are some videos of the concrete being poured and finished.

We were there starting at 5 AM.  This video is from when they first started pouring.  Notice the small slab off to the left?  That is where our ice scraper will be stored, so that the blade will always be the same temp as the ice.  

And here is how they initially rough level the concrete.  Notice the pole on the machine with the wire?  That is a laser that sets the height of the concrete.  

And this next video shows the laser screed machine at work.  It has a laser on both sides so not only is the screed the right height up/down, but also the right height side to side.  Don’t you wish our zamboni had the laser on both sides?  Then again, if the ice had been too good, we might not be building this great facility!  LOL

And here is another one.  

And here is one showing the multitude of people, and how they move the tube around to pump the concrete.  

And this clip shows how they used the vibrator to sink the concrete into the header trench.  

Here is how they distributed the concrete throughout the pour.  This shows as we are getting towards the end of the slab, and now 80%+ of the slab is poured.  

And now for the finishing of the slab.  There were two machines whos main job were to condition the top surface of the concrete, bringing the smooth creamy texture up, and then to flatten the surface.  

The smaller machine that you see is the machine that puts the final smooth finish on the concrete, and does the final leveling adjustment. 

We have CONCRETE for our ICE!!!!

So I got the notification, that because of traffic, we were going to need to start the pour early.

We started the concrete pour at 5AM!.  So I got up at 3:30 AM, and grabbed my GoPro, Ipad and phone.

The pictures give you an idea of what it was like.  I also have pictures from the GoPro to put into a time lapse show.  As soon as I figure out how to do that I will post it here.  I set it to take pictures every 10 seconds.  I have almost 3000 pictures!

Got word back from the testing that we did on the levelness and flatness of the concrete, and it looks to have come out exceptionally well.  differences in height of 1/8 of an inch in some areas, and only 1/16 of an inch in others.  So I guess we won’t have to play negative ice anymore.  Of course our icemakers won’t have anything to hide behind either.

So the photos and videos show how it went.  15 or so people, not counting the people outside on the concrete trucks and working on the other areas of the building.  I will first post pictures, and then post videos in another post.

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