Things that go bump at 3 a.m.

Connie Watson, ghost researcher and spirit photographer (http://constancewatson-ivil.tripod.com/), states that 3 a.m. has several meanings. 

“In paranormal work, a lot of psychic phenomena tends to peak at this hour.  Many of my medic friends report that at 3:00 a.m. the volume of runs they make escalate at this hour. Also, a lot of people wait to pass at this hour.

“For those who are psychic mediums as myself, waking up at the same time can have a significant meaning in that you are picking up on information from another source (person or spirit) and the hour may have some significance.”

Oilfield demand has created shortages of construction equipment. We got the last light tower in south Texas from Butler Rentals.

I don’t know about any of that.  I know that the significance of 3 a.m. for concrete contractors is that it’s a great time to make a large concrete pour.  Even though the south Texas heat is diminishing, it still hits 95 by 2 p.m.   Heat exhaustion is pretty much guaranteed during a 100+ cubic yard pour at noon during the summer months.  It may be turning fall on Friday, 9/23, but nobody’s told the weather about it.  It’s still stinking hot.

Max has the contract to construct a tiny gated community in Portland with one concrete entrance street of about 18,000 s.f.   Max and his crew have done the utilities, drainage, and dirt work on the job.   Pipelayers and excavator operators can shift trades only so far; they can be credible maintainer and roller operators.  But pouring concrete is a craft of its own.  We use a sub for concrete work.

Live Oak Materials used 8 trucks to keep the concrete flowing.

The subcontractor for this job comes from Fort Worth by way of Chihuahua and does work all over the state.  Adulpho told Max that he wanted to pour 90% of the concrete pavement in one pour this week.   That would be a 250 CY pour which is a pretty huge pavement pour.  “Can he do that much concrete in one day?” Max asked. “Pedro’s brother was going to pour 40 yards at a time.”

We questioned him, and he was certain that 250 CY would be no problem.  “I’ll have 20 guys here on Thursday.  No.  Maybe not that many.”  (Air counting potential workforce)  “Almost that many.  I’ll have 17 finishers and laborers.”

Last picture before camera battery went ka-put. Only casualty of the night, I think

In the end, we coordinated with the concrete plant who agreed that they could supply that amount of concrete starting at 3:00 a.m.  I checked the job last night.  Forms and steel were in place and looked good.  No chance of rain.  Called testing lab to make sure they could be on site. 

I was on the job when the 2nd truck rolled onto the site.  By 4 a.m., we had gotten 70 CY; by 6 a.m., 200 CY were dumped and spread.  When I went to the office at 9:30, the last truck was pouring out. 

The ghosts of bad concrete pours must have stayed in last night.   258 CY successfully placed.

About texasgaga

I am a mom, a grandmom (Gaga to my 2nd oldest grand-child), a sister, a friend, a construction estimator, a homeowner, an active member of a 12 step recovery group, an artist, a reader, a survivor, a do it yourself wannabe, a laugher
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