Twenty-six thousand pounds!
When you take on a project like building out a brewery, and you decide your team (of two) is going to mitigate as much of the build out cost as possible by performing as much of the labor as possible, you learn a few things.
Most importantly, you learn you aren’t as young as you used to be. For instance, we were pleased to discover the floor in the brewery was composed of two 4″ pads separated by one inch of sand. Eight inches of concrete slab will hold up to about as much weight as you could ever ask of it. Great news! For our needs, however, we would need to cut in about 180 linear feet of trenches, all 16 inches wide, for trench drains and plumbing.
We hired a company to come in to make the cuts, which was impressive in itself. Once the cuts were done, it was our turn to mitigate the cost of the build out. For the next week, we jackhammered the trenches, all day, everyday. When we had finally pounded our way through all of the concrete and re-bar, it was time to remove the concrete from the facility. We moved 26,000 pounds of concrete into a trailer over the course of 2 days. Did I mention, you learn you aren’t as young as you used to be during a buildout?
Now that it’s done, and we’ve put quite a bit of distance between that week of trench warfare and the present, it doesn’t seem like it was so much work, until we look at the pub side of the operation, which we will begin to buildout in October, and we realize we’ll be doing it all over again.
This time it shouldn’t be 26,000 pounds. It should be more like 20,000 pounds. Piece of cake!