Water, Sewer and Maybe Power

After a couple weeks of delay, my excavator and the plumbing electrical company were all on the same page and on Thursday August 21 all the stars were aligned. At around 8AM the truck showed up with two dirt machines, and things began, a little later the plumbers showed up, and the my cement finisher, showed up to drop off the scaffolding he is loaning for when I am working on the 8 ft walls above the slab. Below is a gallery of pictures of the activities of the day, and the end result by mid afternoon.

Perry in the excavator  and Shawn my cement guy and his wife

Perry in the excavator and Shawn my cement guy and his wife

Kelly and Travis working on the sewer connection

Kelly and Travis working on the sewer connection

Moving topsoil from the location of the future driveway

Moving topsoil from the location of the future driveway

Working on the pipes

Working on the pipes

Laying the conduit for the electrical connection

Laying the conduit for the electrical connection

The sewer extension to my trailer

The sewer extension to my trailer

All the trenches closed up

All the trenches closed up

Note the standing Tree on Saturday morning, closed  trenches and gravel in driveway

Note the standing Tree on Saturday morning, closed trenches and gravel in driveway

All day Saturday I was working with my friend Craig at his place near Lake Erie fabricating the “mini-crane” which I will use to pour concrete into the cores of the block in the house structure. For the foundation it will move on wheels up close to the wall, and the cement hopper will drop concrete down into the blocks. For the high wall, it will sit on the top of a scaffold with wheels, and do the same job on the 8 ft wall. As I returned that night, as I came up the street I realized the big tree just outside my east side, was gone. I had asked the village, who own the tree to evaluate it, since there was a substantial area of rot in the main trunk. The decided it should go, so I would not have a windfall on my house at some time in the future. I didn’t know when the crew was coming, and was sort of disappointed that I hadn’t been there to see it come down. I will miss it, it was a lovely shade tree during my mortar mixing, and I will now be out in the sun all the time. However I will not miss the possibility of catastrophe, it was a really big tree, at least 80 ft tall, and more than 3 ft of trunk at the base.

My friend Craig with the nearly complete frames for the cement crane and hopper.

My friend Craig with the nearly complete base frames for the cement crane and the hopper.

The big tree is down and almost all gone

The big tree is down and almost all gone

The Stump, see the rot and damaged heart wood, the dark stuff.

The Stump, see the rot and damaged heart wood, the dark stuff.

The bottom few feet of the tree trunk with the rotted area

The bottom few feet of the tree trunk with the rotted area

There was another bit of work that needed to be done before the first bit of back filling of the foundation, I had to lay the pipe for hot water, and radiant heat feed from the mechanical room in the house to the garage/workshop and insulate them to reduce the heat loss. I did some experiments on Friday, and had a working plan to put the pipes inside a four inch perforated septic pipe, and spray insulating foam through the perforation. I worked, and that seemed to be the next step, but on Saturday I bounced the idea off Craig, and he pointed out that the spray foam in the cans was highly absorbent of water, and thus it was not a good plan. He suggested using the commercial foam guy that did the insulation on his dome, and the foundation. This foam is closed cell and highly resistant to water absorption. So on Monday I called the foam guy, and today, Tuesday he showed up at about 2pm and sprayed the pipes, which I had installed this morning, in the trenches I had dug on Monday. It all came together quite nicely.

Insulated connecting pipes to the solar heat storage tank which will be about 30 ft north of the house in its own shed.

Insulated connecting pipes to the solar heat storage tank which will be about 30 ft north of the house in its own shed.

Insulated water lines, and radiant heat lines from mechanicals room in house. and under the footing.

Insulated water lines, and radiant heat lines from mechanicals room in house. and under the footing.

Insulated water lines, and radiant heat lines between house and garage/workshop.

Insulated water lines, and radiant heat lines between house and garage/workshop.

Looking into the garage/workshop foundation, insulated pipes coming up in the bathroom area.

Looking into the garage/workshop foundation, insulated pipes coming up in the bathroom area.

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2 Responses to “Water, Sewer and Maybe Power”

  1. Gerard Says:

    You have a foam guy!?!

  2. tedspassivesolarhouse Says:

    Gerard,
    Yes, a foam guy, and a dirt guy, and cement guy, and an electrical-plumbing guy. All sorts of male bonding in the construction process 🙂
    Right now the dirt guy is delivering multiple truck loads of sand, and this afternoon, he and the cement guy will put it inside the foundation base and compact it. Then I install the “earth tubes” on top of the sand base.

    Ted

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