A New Start #8: External Services (19-08-2010)

Blog entry by Tikka posted 08-19-2010 06:29 PM 21119 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much to report today, I have been planning the routing of the external services and checking the existing fittings.


The picture above shows the new lines that have to go in this weekend.

Apart from filling in the huge hole (still plenty of space), I made some useful new contacts today – Tool Hire store, where the mini-back hoe (3/4 ton) will come from. This will be delivered tomorrow afternoon.

Local Building supplies supplier, only a mile down the road – I picked up most of the pipe work needed for the weekends work today and they will deliver 2 tons, 1 of sand and 1 of sand/stone mix for the beton (concrete).

So we are now ready for the big work on Saturday and Sunday – the weather forecast is 50% cloud/sun, 25°C (77°F) and dry – perfect conditions for working outside.

Tomorrows task - finding more rubble to fill the hole.

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posted 08-19-2010 08:48 PM

I thought you stated earlier Tony thast you needed to change the grade around the home.

Could any of that be used for fill. Since you are going to have some mini heavy equipment there.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 08-19-2010 10:40 PM

What we are removing is top soil and maybe a little clay – it would be very difficult to get this into the hole, except with wheel barrows. I have got some bricks, which do not look so good, which will fill in partially, also my son-in-law has a load of rubble from his house which he needs to get rid if.

As I have to cap this hole, before I lay the slab – I want the rubble that is filling the hole to be stable, I do not think that clay would fit that bill – if i come up short on the rubble, I will just have to pour in extra concrete.

If I have any clay left over, It can go into the fish/duck pond – which is empty, we do not want this as we have to keep filling it with drinking water (which is expensive)r, as the ground water level has dropped or the spring that filled it has dried up.

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