Now that the side foundations have been poured and the windows boxed out, it’s time to place the anchors for the shotcrete. All the holes that the contractors drilled previously are now being filled with epoxy and reinforcing bar dowels. The shotcrete will be sprayed around these dowels thus providing a solid connection between the shotcrete and the existing brick wall.
The act of gluing these dowels in place is the second easiest job in the operation. The easiest job is performed by the inspection engineer who watches to make sure that all of the dowels are glued in correctly. This is only a formality since I trust my contractors to do the job right the first time but the code book says I have to have the engineer present or the job does not get signed off. The hitch is that engineers are expensive, work by the hour and I won’t know how many hours until the project is done. The budget hates this.
At the edges of the shotcrete walls, there are more anchors that will eventually become part of a web of reinforcing bar inside the shotcrete walls.
PS: We cast no aspersions. The engineer is a really nice guy and we’re happy to have him on the job. Just wish I could have gotten my own engineering degree when I was in college.