Construction in the this part of the Yucatan is most often done in cement. I couldn’t resist this home being built in the Colosio, north of where we live about 20 blocks. Cement pillars are erected on the cement base that has been poured and cross beams of cement are balanced on a network of wooden standards. These are simply stripped tree trunks and limbs, often tied or wired together to attain the proper height. Cement blocks are then hoisted individually by pulley and fitted between these beam which have a lip to catch the overhang fashioned on each block. Wet cement, hoisted in 5 gallon buckets, that was mixed on site is then spread on these blocks forming either the roof or the base for the next floor. Construction stops for about 2 weeks while the cement dries, but usually several workmen hang hammocks and stay at night during the week to keep an eye on things. When dry, the standards are removed and returned to the contractor from whom they rented them.
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