The foundations for the first 3 houses and their water tanks were completed last week.
A mix of cement, earth and rubble in the ratio 1:9:18 is rammed into the foundation trenches. For the houses, a layer of bigger rocks is laid on top of this mix and a slurry of cement and earth is poured to fill in the gaps. This layer is further covered with another layer of the original mix.
Once the curing process is complete we’ll commence marking for the walls of the houses and water tanks.
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Dinesh digging the foundation for the water tanks.
Manu helps out with the wheelbarrow.
Work in full swing.
Picking up big stones is not an easy job!
Venkat building his biceps.
Foundations for the water tanks – half way there.
Preparing the mix for earth concrete.
Loading the mixer.
Earth, stones and concrete are loaded in the mixer.
Add some water…
…mix for awhile and out comes the earth concrete!
The earth concrete is laid in the foundation trenches and compacted by ramming.
Mahesh and Thangaraj laying large rocks on top of the first layer of earth concrete.
And a final layer of earth concrete over the rocks.
Foundations completed…ready for the walls to go up!