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Backyard Remodel
The Plans
Dig Day October 11, 2019
Rebar and Plumbing
Shotcrete Day December 16, 2019
What? Pour concrete in the winter? Are you crazy? We'll concrete can be safely poured with temperates below freezing so long as you take proper precautions. Prior to the big day, a plastic tent was placed over the pool area and a heater was installed to make sure the ground was not frozen when the shotcrete was applied. What is shotcrete? It is a special formulation concrete with extra cement, sand, very small pebbles and some tiny synthetic fibrous materials to help it all stick together. It is applied under high pressure and it so think that it stays in place where ever you shoot it. You start by "spraying the walls" and finish by spraying the floor. You simply build each wall by spraying the shotcrete from the bottom up and it nicely piles onto of itself.  The stairs are siumilarly formed by spraying a buuch o shorcrete in place and then sculpting it into stairs.
Reed does it! The pool contractor said "An owner has never done this before!
March 2020 - Pavers are set. A drainage system is implemented.