On a Maine island, a crew of carpenters hustles to pour an unusual out-of-square concrete foundation.
At the Casco Bay Lines terminal in Portland, Maine, the pump truck and concrete ready-mix truck roll down the ramp to board the ferry Machigonne II, en route to the job on Peaks Island.
All formed up and braced, the Thompson Johnson Woodworking crew waits for the pump truck to set up.
Concrete pumping contractor Allen Moore sets up the stabilizing outriggers for his pump truck.
Moore begins by priming his pump with water — "and a scoop of island sand for good luck."
After detecting a clog during priming, Moore had to disassemble the joints on his pump boom to remove some obstructions.
Carpenter Ed Muennich takes advantage of the delay to make some fine adjustments to the foam forms.
After clearing the clog, Moore runs a thin slurry through the pump to verify that the flow is good.
The crew started the pour at a basement door opening. Here, Ed Muennich vibrates the forms to help the concrete move into place. On the advice of pump truck operator Allen Moore, Mark Pollard drills an observation hole into the form to visually confirm that the concrete had filled the form.
As Moore operates the pump by remote control, Pollard rods the concrete through the observation hole to consolidate the mass of concrete under the door sill.
As Allen Moore controls the pump, Chris Byron consolidates the concrete at the corner and Mark Pollard continues to top off the wall.
Ed Muennich and Chris Byron trowel the concrete flush with the form as Mark Pollard controls the hose.
The second part of the pour begins badly, as a parallelogram-shaped corner pier blows out at the bottom. The crew will have to reinforce the pier forms.
After suffering an early blowout, the crew hustles to add more screws to their formwork before continuing the pour.
Pollard and Cunningham apply a plywood patch to the damaged form to prevent collapse.
"In the future, we'll have flavored concrete," promises concrete pumping contractor Allen Moore.
As the rest of the crew manages the controlled chaos of the column pour, Ed Muennich quietly trowels the perimeter wall sill.
Dale Cunningham taps the form with a hammer to consolidate the concrete, and checks that the form is filled to the line.
The crew cleans up after a successful pour. As Dale Cunningham sprays concrete off his boots, Allen Moore comments: "This is when we tell the kids, 'Stay in school!'"
Allen Moore cleans up his pump truck hopper after a successful concrete placement.
"Next time, we'll put more screws in the forms," says Pollard. The blowout at the beginning of the column pour set the job back about 20 minutes.