A New Start #6: Utility Room (17-08-2010)

Blog entry by Tikka posted 08-17-2010 03:51 PM 21194 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am guessing by now that this part of the series is getting a little boring for you all to read, I can assure you that it is getting to me to.

Apart from informing you of the progress, it also acts as a record of my work, should building inspectors need information and lastly and probably most importantly – I am able to keep my wife informed of the progress of the work, as she is still in Finland, some 2000 km (1250 miles) away.

Well today I finished the demolition and ground work in the utility room and was ready to start fitting the waste water pipes. I located the sewer lines both input and output.


The output is against the far wall to the left of the photograph (marked with some water pipes against the wall), whilst the input is to the right of the photograph against the utility room wall (corner) – Ahg! things are starting to come together. The sewer pipe is clay/ceramic, so should really be changed to come up to building regulations.

So I moved into the boiler room and started to remove the tiles and made a hole in the far wall (a new door will go here) to accept the 3” pipe.


Then I struck something hard, a brick, OK I thought, I can break that out, then I continued to clear the rubble under the removed tiles, and I found more hard stuff (concrete), as I cleared the area a little more, it appears to be a tank of some description.


I am guessing that it runs the width of the boiler room, it is definitely hollow, I am not sure how to proceed with this one.

Any Suggestions My heating oil tank will be mounted above this obstacle, the weight full is about 1.3 ton (2900 lb). I am considering drilling a hole (1/2”) in the top, just to see what was/is in there, and maybe how deep it is. But I am frightened as to what I might find. I do not want to pour in tons of concrete, especially as all the rubble from the build so far has been disposed of, so I would have to put in new material.

If I leave the “tank” in situe, then I have to re-route the wast pipe and because of the gradient, I will have to run in a new sewer line.

Some good news today, the price of ready mixed concrete is a lot cheaper than we were originally quoted.

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posted 08-17-2010 07:07 PM

You hacve all kinds of fun Tony. Are ther any pipes in the area. I was thinking about maybe an old cistern. I wouldn’t think it would be a coal or something like that.

When was the house built and what would have been storage requirements at that time. I wouldn’t think of cement as a storage for oil or other input. Output would be septic. But it seems to be quite low for a septic field.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 08-18-2010 10:44 PM

Thanks for the tip, you suspicions were correct – a water tank.

I am not sure on the age of the property, the records are not very well kept or were destroyed back in the 40’s. I suspect looking at the ground works, we are probably going back more than 150 years on the original buildings, with a modernization about 100 years ago the toilet and water tank. Hopefully this modernization will last another 100 years or so.

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