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The 60 cinder blocks were loaded into the truck with a forklift, but since I don't have my own at home, they had to be unloaded by hand... That's a lot of blocks.
On Sunday, we got to work. (Although Saturday wasn't exactly sitting on our butts!) Christie and I carefully chalked the perimeter of the greenhouse. Then I laid the first bed of mortar and carefully placed the first block.
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The first couple of blocks were frustrating and tedious. But a couple of blocks later and we were cruising. I had some help from Christie and her dad and we were able to complete much more than I had expected!
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After we were finished laying block for the day, Christie meticulously cleaned the tools and the work area, making sure that all of the mortar lines looked clean and filled.
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See other phases of the project here:
- Initial Plans
- Phase 1: Masonry
- Phase 2: Staining
- Phase 3: Anchoring
- Phase 4: Framing
- Phase 5: Polycarbonate
- First heater night
- Phase 6: Move-in Day