As part of our Service Learning initiatives here at Dalbrae Academy, we continue the golf theme by preparing for a contoured cement practice putting green. This will further expand this healthy physical outdoor activity facility for our school and that of our surrounding communities. Unlike the mini-golf course, the putting green will offer a realistic putting practice opportunity. This should be a welcomed asset as golf culture is quickly taking over our area.
The first thing that had to be done was erect a retaining wall.
|Once the trench was dug,
we installed a form and
poured the cement for the footer.
|Once the footer had a chance to cure, we proceeded to construct the forms for the wall. We were fortunate to have a local contractor advise and participate in this valuable learning experience. There are masonry, carpentry and some engineering lessons built into this project.|
|The form had to be strong and the wall had to fit the esthetics of our mini golf project.||
There is plenty of lugging in a construction project
|Drainage is an important consideration to incorporate.|
|Bring on the cement. Cement contains acid that will burn your skin, hence rubber gloves.||The cement needs to be vibrated to rid of air bubbles and settle.|
The truck could only reach so far
|The rest had to be wheeled and dumped into the forms. That took a little more work alright!|
final thing after a little toweling, was to insert some rebar that will
link the wall to the pad that will follow on down the road. The work
didn't stop here however. The next day was spent exposing the newly
|We bent the bars for ivy fines to grip later|
Step 2: Before pouring the large pad for the green, we actually prefabricated the railing as 8' components.
|After cutting the tappers on the 16' rail tops,
we rounded the corners using a router.
|Then we used a belt sander to make every thing smooth and splinter free.|
|We used a jig to drill the holes in the 2X4's to properly space the styles.||The wooden pieces would then be stained as they came off the line so that the black aluminum styles would not get blemished.|
|The drilled holes for the styles had to be touched up so that we could establish the proper fit.|
Finally, the railing components had to be assembled
Stage 3: Preparation for the pad
|There was much preparation to be done before we could pour the cement. Drainage gravel had to be spread then topped by class "A" which would determine the contour of the pad. Once that was done, we had to form for the outside shape of the pad.|
|We called on our "Skilled Trade Students" to fabricate the braces to support and form the pad around the outside edge of the pad the was designed to hang over and lock in the wall.|
|Due to the magnitude and complexity of this particular cement pour, we made use of the experience and tutorage of experts in the field. With their guidance we were able to confidently complete this stage and the next, of the final installment of our golf theme project that has been a decade in the making.|
|Once the forms were complete these two guys placed the bricks on the outside of the periphery so that when the cement was poured, they could quickly be set into the cement forming a drainable wall to keep the balls from rolling off the pad.|
Stage 4: Pouring the Pad