The 2019 Trapshooting Season started off like most others at the St. John's Rod and Gun Club with regular trap maintenance, trap installs, target delivery etc.
The Trap Committee knew Trap D required some repairs to the exterior but what wasn't expected was the poor condition of the traphouse below ground level. Traphouse D was built in 1975 and was starting to show it's age. The walls were leaking, the concrete crumbling and it's structural integrity was questionable. So with that, Traphouse D was demolished and plans made to build a new one.
May 5, 2019
Construction of the new traphouse has gone well to date (June 6, 2019) with most of the labour being provided by Andrea Bassan, Peter Bassan and John Tucker. Roger Butler has been providing the electrical skills while Troy Coldwell has been putting his welding skills to use modifying the trap table to fit the traphouse's larger dimensions. Peter's 60 years of experience in building, concrete form work and and concrete pouring was a big help in undertaking this project.
The first step of the construction process involved drafting plans, excavating to the proper elevation, laying a bed of crush stone, forming the traphouse floor and roof and adding rebar to strengthen the poured concrete.
May 20 - May 23, 2019
The decision to pour the roof and lift into place was made to take advantage of concrete delivery charges and avoid part load and minimum concrete order charges. Here, Andrea and father Peter complete the floor and roof pour on the first available nice day for the concrete pour of 3 cubic meter of 30 mpa concrete.
May 25, 2019
Andrea and Peter took advantage of the quick concrete cure time and installed the rebar cage a few hours after the concrete pour was complete. The rebar adds structural strength to the walls.
The concrete wall form work was done by outside concractor as this was the cheapest and quickest method to complete this part of the project. Purchasing the lumber and form work for this small job would have cost more than having a forming contractor complete the work. The next step after the wall pour was complete was to apply the concrete damp proofing coating, installing the drainage / weeping tile and connecting to existing drainage ditch.
May 27 - June 1, 2019
The next stage of the process will be backfilling, installing the roof, electrical hookup, door installation, trap install and a coat of green paint. Stay tuned for updates and the completed traphouse rebuild.