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Cement Floor Patch

cement floor patch

  • a building material that is a powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay; used with water and sand or gravel to make concrete and mortar

  • Attach with cement

  • Settle or establish firmly

  • (of a material) Bind (particles) together in sedimentary rock

  • concrete pavement is sometimes referred to as cement; "they stood on the grey cement beside the pool"

  • make fast as if with cement; "We cemented our friendship"

  • shock: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

  • The lower surface of a room, on which one may walk

  • All the rooms or areas on the same level of a building; a story

  • the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room, hallway, tent, or other structure); "they needed rugs to cover the bare floors"; "we spread our sleeping bags on the dry floor of the tent"

  • A level area or space used or designed for a particular activity

  • a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; "what level is the office on?"

  • spot: a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"

  • Place a patch over (a good eye) in order to encourage a lazy eye to work

  • provide with a patch; also used metaphorically; "The field was patched with snow"

  • Mend or strengthen (fabric or an item of clothing) by putting a piece of material over a hole or weak point in it

  • Correct, enhance, or modify (a routine or program) by inserting a patch

  • to join or unite the pieces of; "patch the skirt"

Butchart gardens. Victoria Island. CA.

Butchart gardens. Victoria Island. CA.


In 1888, near his birthplace, Owen Sound, Ontario, the former dry goods merchant, Robert Pim Butchart, began manufacturing Portland cement. By the turn of the century he had become a highly successful pioneer in this burgeoning North American industry. Attracted to the West Coast of Canada by rich limestone deposits vital for cement production, he built a factory at Tod Inlet, on Vancouver Island. There, in 1904, he and his family established their home.

As Mr. Butchart exhausted the limestone in the quarry near their house, his enterprising wife, Jennie, conceived an unprecedented plan for refurbishing the bleak pit. From farmland nearby she requisitioned tons of top soil, had it brought to Tod Inlet by horse and cart, and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, under Jennie Butchart's supervision, the abandoned quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.

By 1908, reflecting their world travels, the Butcharts had created a Japanese Garden on the sea-side of their home. Later an Italian Garden was created on the site of their former tennis court, and a fine Rose Garden replaced a large kitchen vegetable patch in 1929.

Mr. Butchart took much pride in his wife's remarkable work. A great hobbyist, he collected ornamental birds from all over the world. He kept ducks in the Star Pond, noisy peacocks on the front lawn, and a curmudgeon of a parrot in the main house. He enjoyed training pigeons at the site of the present Begonia Bower, and had many elaborate bird houses stationed throughout Jennie's beautiful gardens.

The renown of Mrs. Butchart's gardening quickly spread. By the 1920s more than fifty thousand people came each year to see her creation. In a gesture toward all their visitors, the hospitable Butcharts christened their estate "Benvenuto", the Italian word for "Welcome". To extend the welcome, flowering cherry trees along Benvenuto Avenue leading to The Gardens were purchased from Yokohama Nursery in Japan and installed from West Saanich Road to The Butchart Gardens' entrance.

Their house grew into a comfortable, luxurious showplace, with a bowling alley, indoor salt-water swimming pool, panelled billiard room and a wonder of its age, a self-playing Aeolian pipe organ (still played on Firework Saturdays ). Today the residence contains the Dining Room Restaurant, offices, and rooms still used for family entertaining. From January 15 to March 15, a special re-creation of the family house is showcased.

The family tradition of acquiring objects when travelling has continued. The Fountain of the Three Sturgeons and the bronze casting of the wild boar are both from Florence, Italy. Both were purchased by Ian and Ann-Lee Ross in 1973. The fountain is a casting made from a much smaller fountain created by Professor Sirio Tofanari in 1958. Other works by him include the little donkey and the foal that stand close by the statue of the wild boar on the Piazza in front of the Butchart Residence. The boar is a rare bronze copy of a casting of the marble statue displayed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This bronze known affectionally as "Tacca," in honour of Pietro Tacca, the artist who created the statue in 1620. His snout is finely burnished by thousands of visitors who give it an affectionate rub for good luck. Tacca is dedicated to all the children and dogs who visit The Gardens.

The only surviving portion of Mr. Butchart's Tod Inlet cement factory is the tall chimney of a long vanished kiln. The chimney can be seen from The Sunken Garden Lookout. The plant stopped manufacturing cement in 1916, but continued to make tiles and flower pots as late as 1950. The single chimney now overlooks the quarry Mrs. Butchart so miraculously reclaimed.

The Butchart Gardens remains a family business and has grown to become a premier West Coast display garden, while maintaining the gracious traditions of the past. Today the Gardens has established an international reputation for its year round display of flowering plants.

Basement Floor Progress

Basement Floor Progress

Walls and Ceilings
oRemoved metal clothes rack bolted into wall
o6 weeks of waiting for brown coat plaster to dry above the mud sink. (sigh) I finally just skim coated and textured the room wall and Wendy’s got it painted.
oTextured and patched almost all of the cracks – one left in the largest room left to go.
oHung curtain rods, changing out light fixtures now, and changing out to grounded outlets. The polarity on half the current outlets was incorrect.
oRepainted ducts.
oRe-glued baseboards to concrete walls
oCleaned up baseboard molding a repainted
oCleaned and repainted all trim molding around doors and the doors.
oRepaired doorknob (it kept coming off in my hand)

oUsed 4 gallons of Citri-Strip and 6 gallons of simple green stripping 3 layers of paint off of the concrete floors in the basement. Peach paint, dark gray paint, light gray paint, and finally some brownish stuff that dissolved in Simple Green. Strip, then scrub, scrub, and scrub each.
oPatched any cracks and dents with Portland cement skim. Most of the material went into leveling out some funny surfaces.
oUsed a wash of Muratic acid to etch the concrete. Smells great!
oPaint two coats of floor paint.

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