The Rebar

May 21st, 2020

One of the quieter aspects of our basement construction is the installation of rebar. Rebar is like the bones of the concrete formation, similar to the armature of a sculpture. The rebar gives structure to the concrete and its placement shows where the concrete will be poured.

Rebar is an interesting and essential material used in construction. It plays a very important role in strengthening. It is also know as reinforcing steel and is used to aid the concrete under tension. While concrete is strong under compression, it has weak tensil strength. Tensil strength is is the maximum stress that a material can withstand while being stretched or pulled before breaking.

Rebar also has an interesting look. Like pock marked bones in the desert, its surface is often deformed with ribbing and indentations that promote a better bond with the concrete and reduce the risk of slippage. When the next earthquake hits, this massive amount of rebar will add a tremendous amount of support to the house hopefully preventing major damage.


The Permit
March 13th, 2020
The Complaint
March 26th, 2020
The Cave
April 14th, 2020
The Supports
May 1st, 2020
The Rebar
May 21st, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 1
June 7th, 2020
First Inspection
June 29th, 2020
The First Pour
July 3rd, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 2
July 12th, 2020
The Bamboo (fun video)
July 22nd, 2020
Second Inspection
August 15th, 2020
The Second Pour
September 9th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 3
October 10th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 4
October 11th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 5
October 17th, 2020
Video Tour
October 18th, 2020
Volunteer Work Day 6
October 18th, 2020
More Rebar
October 23rd, 2020
The Staircase
October 29th, 2020
The Steel
December 21st, 2020
Final Pour!
March 13th, 2021
Second Entrance
June 15th, 2021
Bathroom/Wet Room
July 15th, 2021
Rain DeGrey and Shay
August 7th, 2021