Hi y’all! This is Rachel speaking. I’m one of the many third-year civil engineering students on our team, and I’m here to tell you about the events of today! We spent quite a bit of time digging trenches, but made some time for other important things (like casting a sink and playing card games) as well.
Hitting our Rhythm
This morning, we cast sink #3. Demolding the sink that was poured yesterday went off without a hitch, and the sink looks beautiful, if I do say so myself. Yesterday we decided to use wood instead of tile panels to reinforce the mold, and though there is significant cracking in the mold, it appears to be holding up well with the help of the wood pieces. We then mixed a new batch of concrete and poured it into the mold to cure. As they say, practice makes perfect, and that old adage appears to be true with this sink-making process. From demolding the old sink to smoothing off the new one, it took us less than two hours! Hopefully the rest of our sink pours are as smooth as this one.
The Never-Ending Trench
Trench digging is an all-day affair here on Team Thailand. It started early this morning and continued well into the afternoon, with a break in the middle while it rained. It rains nearly every day in Don Kang, which creates quite a messy situation when combined with freshly dug earth. We slipped and slid, and some of us are still picking dirt out of our hair, but we managed to get a sizable portion of trench dug and drained and were able to place one of our long lengths of pipe today. We even managed to not break any more tools in the process!
Our resident piping wizard, Sarah, worked hard before we left to come up with a piping plan for the inside of the distribution station. However, yesterday she was thrown a curveball when it was decided that we needed to lower two of the sinks to accommodate more tiny humans (aka kiddos) and people who are not as tall as some of the more vertically-gifted members of our team. This lowering affects the flow of water through the station. Sarah spent all day today drawing, calculating, drawing, and calculating again, trying to come up with a new solution. We’re proud of Sarah, and she definitely earned her nut-free cookies.
Thanks for following along with this grand Thai adventure of ours! We’ll be back tomorrow with more updates, so stay tuned.
– Rachel Thompson