Concrete in! Let the wait begin!

Testosterone reigned once more in Larry’s Groj today. They may look like empty 4-foot squares in the Groj floor, but they’re oh-so-much more. This step involved refilling those selfsame squares with concrete that was Altius, Fortius, Citius. The new concrete is 5,000-pound test, and will be 6 inches deep instead of the measly 4 inches of the garage floor. Olympic concrete, if you will. The lift demands nothing less!

The Concrete Brothers never did call back, nor did the other concrete guys we called. Finally, Josh returned Larry’s call, texted that he was on his way, and just generally stayed in touch. He’s worth his weight in gold.

As predicted, Larry did devise a safe and practical way to mix the concrete: rent a little mixer and mix up batches from bags. Pat and Larry and Josh started at 8:30 this morning, and I’m told all went well.

I wouldn’t know…because I was engaged in a sanity-preserving venture: hiking over at Margo’s place. She’s a hiking friend with acreage that rivals a state park, and a bunch of us had a lovely morning, including coffee and cookies. It was so civilized.

Paul, Margo's husband, gallantly helps us "little old ladies" across the stream.

The lovely little trillium were everywhere!

So when I returned, except for the presence of three trucks, two trailers, two cars, and a cement mixer, the house was relatively serene. Men friends seem to find a reason to stop by and check on the progress. Male pheromones, I believe.

Anyway, by the time I got home from my hike, the concrete had been mixed and poured, and now all that mattered was Josh’s talent for finishing it.

Josh called back, showed up (on time, even), and did a great job at a fair price. I'd call that a home run!

Now all that needs to pass is time. Textbook answer is that it will take 28 days for the concrete to cure enough for Larry to install the lift. However, he is all over the Internet trying to find out how soon it will REALLY cure, how hot it has to be, what the humidity has to be. He wants the REAL answers!! For now, I understand he has to wet the squares every day to make sure the concrete dries hard and strong.

Strong enough to support a 1600-pound lift and any vehicle he can put on it. Yikes.

Some have speculated that Larry could open his Groj as a business to help defray the costs here. Couple of problems with that line of thinking. While Larry is an exceptional mechanic, it’s not something he loves. It’s just something he’s good at. Furthermore, I’m sure the Homeowners’ Association would frown on the comings and goings of random cars and trucks to our  self-described “tony” neighborhood. Up our awesome (as in “fear-inducing”) driveway.

More likely, our neighbors will view our new Groj addition as something “tonier,” like, say, a car elevator. Those Romneys will have nothing on us!

About NaidaR

Published nonfiction writer (on healthcare efficiency). Wannabe published writer of memoir, short funny story. View all posts by NaidaR

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