Once the forms were complete, our Mikvah supervising rabbi, Rabbi Yirmiyah Katz from Brooklyn, came up to supervise the pouring of the Mikvah. The crew lowered the forms into the outer cradle using a Gantry crane (to hoist them up, roll them over, and lower them via a pully). You can see a time lapse video of lowering the main form here. Next, they braced the forms against the ceiling using two by fours, to prevent the forms from rising with the cement.
Three cement trucks came and the Mikvah was poured in two and a half hours! Rabbi Katz was amazed and please at how quickly our workers got it poured. They vibrated it to get the air bubbles out, smoothed it down, and let it set overnight. The next morning they came back to strip the forms, and begin a two week water curing (filling all the pits with water to slow down the curing process, which strengthens the concrete). And now we have a mikvah pool! You can watch some of the cement pouring and vibrating here.
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