The Monolithic Mortar Mixer

Image: The first course of block has been laid.  The block is on site, now the real fun can start.

The first course of block has been laid.  The block is on site, now the real fun can start. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Men prepare for the day.  The masonry sand that was used was so fine, that in the evening they had to cover it so that it wouldn’t blow away.  This particular job they wanted to use white sand, so it wasn’t exactly cheap sand.

Men prepare for the day.  The masonry sand that was used was so fine, that in the evening they had to cover it so that it wouldn’t blow away.  This particular job they wanted to use white sand, so it wasn’t exactly cheap sand. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: The crew is filling the cores of the first course of block.  The concrete was also mixed with the same mixer, just a different mix design.  The concrete is being pumped into the walls using the GHP2500 concrete pump.

The crew is filling the cores of the first course of block.  The concrete was also mixed with the same mixer, just a different mix design.  The concrete is being pumped into the walls using the GHP2500 concrete pump. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: In this image, you can see the Paxis rotating scaffold that will be later used to build the dome, but came real handy when it came to building the walls.  Also, you can see the concrete hose coming from the pump area.

In this image, you can see the Paxis rotating scaffold that will be later used to build the dome, but came real handy when it came to building the walls.  Also, you can see the concrete hose coming from the pump area. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Second course of block is being laid.

Second course of block is being laid. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Ariel view after second course.  Note that the system they are using is the forklift to deliver the block from the outside, and the skid steer is lifting the mortar mix up so that they can get to it easily.

Ariel view after second course.  Note that the system they are using is the forklift to deliver the block from the outside, and the skid steer is lifting the mortar mix up so that they can get to it easily. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Image form the outside.  The forklift is delivering the blocks, and the skid steer is delivering the mud.  The bobcats ability to go through even the roughest territory makes moving the mortar very simple.  Imagine using  wheel barrow through that mud, or even moving the mud in a standard skid steer bucket without loosing half the batch.

Image form the outside.  The forklift is delivering the blocks, and the skid steer is delivering the mud.  The bobcats ability to go through even the roughest territory makes moving the mortar very simple.  Imagine using  wheel barrow through that mud, or even moving the mud in a standard skid steer bucket without loosing half the batch. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Here the men have loaded the mix and are cleaning the hopper, and adding more epwater until the mix is just how they want it.  Another advantage of the mixer is that the sand, water, and cement don’t necessarily have to be in the same location. 

Here the men have loaded the mix and are cleaning the hopper, and adding more epwater until the mix is just how they want it.  Another advantage of the mixer is that the sand, water, and cement don’t necessarily have to be in the same location.  (Javier Figueroa)

Image: The stem wall is now complete.  The crews will now form and pour a concrete ring beam on top of the walls.  This beam is where the Airform will be attached.

The stem wall is now complete.  The crews will now form and pour a concrete ring beam on top of the walls.  This beam is where the Airform will be attached. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Here the ring beam is formed, and the pouring is about to begin.

Here the ring beam is formed, and the pouring is about to begin. (Javier Figueroa)

Image: Inside the Monolithic Concrete / Mortar mixer.  It’s auxiliary hydraulics are compatible with nearly every skid steer on the market, in fact we have never come across one that it wouldn’t fit.

Inside the Monolithic Concrete / Mortar mixer.  It’s auxiliary hydraulics are compatible with nearly every skid steer on the market, in fact we have never come across one that it wouldn’t fit. (Javier Figueroa)