A New Start #7: Utility Room (18-08-2010)

Blog entry by Tikka posted 08-18-2010 10:38 PM 18437 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The concrete block I encountered yesterday, turned out to be a rain water tank, which I guess was the main water supply for the house at one time. The tank holds 5000 litre (1320 gallon) and it was full. This may explain why the ground in the utility room is so wet.

So decided to to empty the tank and remove the concrete top.

Photobucket I drilled a series of holes in the concrete so that the SDS would not be overtaxed breaking new concrete.


A garden pond pump was inserted to the bottom of the tank and switched on – several cigarettes, coffees and a breakfast later the tank was empty (2 1/2 hours).


I then started the job of breaking the reinforced concrete, this first part took about an hour.


Another hour later and the slab was in the bottom of the tank.


I have hardly made an impression of filling the void with rubble, but I guess I will have to search for some more rubble to fill the rest of the void, before I start to fill it with concrete.

I had a heating engineer call on me today, to discuss the oil tank and boiler we inherited – to cut a long story short – the installation of the tank inside, is more trouble than I thought it would be – the oil furnace, although hardly used, is in need of some serious maintenance (not been used for 2 years) – so it was decided that we would remove the oil system and go for a new gas furnace, which is about 50% more efficient that the current system we have. The cost of the new system will be paid by the savings we make within 2 – 3 years. In addition I get even more useable space, where I can add another toilet and some more storage.

So the next tasks to be undertaken.

Redraw the plans, to encompass todays changes.

Fill the void rubble and concrete.

“First fit” the waste water pipes.

Check the level on the floor.

Lay a new septic pipe.

Lay gas line pipe

Lay a new rainwater removal system

Reduce the excessive ground height behind the house, about 30 cm(1’) deep by 15m (50’) wide and to 5m (16’) from the house.

Remove an old caravan stuck in the back of the property (used as a hen house)

That the jobs to be done before Monday

“Shutter” the area where the concrete is to be pored.

Lay a damp-proof membrane.

First fit the electrics, hot and cold water pipes, heating pipes.

Remove tiles from kitchen floor.

Remove all the plaster board (dry wall) from the kitchen walls (contaminated with black mould from the damp)

Remove and lower two large patio sliding windows.

Pour the concrete the floor/slab.

2 doors to brick-up after the slab is pored

All of this has to be competed by the end of next week – to keep on schedule for the damp proofing people to come in.

Life is never dull – thank goodness for halogen work lights.

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posted 08-19-2010 12:17 AM

Just caught up, sounds like a lot of work.

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posted 08-19-2010 12:21 AM


So it was a cistern as I thought it might be. Well it sounds that you will have lots of dirt in the ground reduction surgery that needs to be done in the back yard.

What is this piece of property that you are rebuilding?

-- Retired in Delaware

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