Monday June 15
Fill it up
The blockwork is to retain the fill beneath the concrete slab so the blocks needed to be filled with concrete. This is known as ‘core-filled’ blockwork and is used when a blockwork wall will be retaining something, such as fill (in this instance) or earth (in a retaining wall). We had to first wait a couple of days for the mortar between the blocks to set. Greg had made a useful little jig that acts like a funnel – it fits over the top of the blocks and slides along as you shovel the concrete in. We didn’t need a concrete pump truck for this job because it didn’t take much concrete to fill the blocks – just a couple of wheelbarrows being pushed back and forth.
Knock it off
The top course of blocks is known as ‘knock-out’ blocks – the back and the sides of the block get knocked out after the concrete fill has set, leaving the front face to form the edge of the concrete slab. This edge could instead be formed with timber but we chose to use knock-out blocks because it would be easier (laid at the same time as the blocks below) and conceals the edge of the concrete slab behind the block (otherwise you would see the slab above the blockwork).
Costs: concrete – $313
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