One thing I managed to get done is the mortar between the base of the tower and foundation. I was not too concerned with "look" on the sides which will be hidden by the raised deck area. It took roughly one 60 pound bag of mortar. I left 3 corners of the old concrete open so that I can place wooden beams on the tower foundation to support the deck.
I managed to get the wood up there but found that the foam increased the diameter one additional board. It means the bolts I bought were too short. But I am not concerned as the wood looks good. I did have some smaller bolts from the bridge building project which barely held the tank bands in place. I will get replacements and install them soon to get the wood tight around the foam.
|The back of the tower. The foundation is done but you can see how the wood has slid down.|
|The tower with the wooden siding slid down. The foam is actually hardwood flooring underlayment which will prevent bugs from getting in between the metal and wood and to provide great cushioning of the wood.|
|The drains across to prevent water from backing up against the tower. I used excess mortar to try to prevent any undecutting.|
|The gap between the tower and bridge abutment. This will be spanned by a board which is raised slightly to go over that edge of the concrete and allow water to run off under.|
|The back of the foundation where the water drains out.|
|Ridgeway's water tower and equipment in storage. The old burned out coach frame is sitting next to the tower and will move to the House Track later (on a flat as it does not roll.)|
|Next up, plumbing and then the spout which will be made of copper.|
|Underside of tower with some of the plumbing in place (mainly because the spring connections.)|