May 22, Real work begins: Plumbers and sand

After waiting and waiting…… Finally the planets aligned.   Or more exactly the weather and the plumbing contractor were on the same page.    My excavator is having troubles with his dump truck, so he recommended I go straight to the gravel pit and order a bunch of fill sand for the the remaining buildup that needs be done around the foundation, and to eliminate the mud pits when it rains.    So I had called in the order to the Johnston Bros for sand, and last night they warned me the truck would appear shortly after 7AM, and yesterday afternoon the CPE Inc guys showed up to reconnoiter and inform me they were arriving first thing in the morning as well.   So sure enough it was a productive day.  The pipes are in the sand, and inspected, and I have 5 Triaxle loads of sand deposited on site.

More sand!

More sand!

The crew plotting their strategy

The crew plotting their strategy

Working on the network of drains for kitchen and bathrooms

Working on the network of drains for kitchen and bathrooms

Digging in the drains in the machinery room floor in the house.

Digging in the drains in the machinery room floor in the house.

Last load of sand arriving on the driveway

Last load of sand arriving on the driveway

Nearly done, all the pipes sticking up for the various connections in the Master Bathroom.

Nearly done, all the pipes sticking up for the various connections in the Master Bathroom.

The finished pipes in the workshop bathroom.

The finished pipes in the workshop bathroom.

Kelly putting the sand back in place after the inspection.

Kelly putting the sand back in place after the inspection.

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2 Responses to “May 22, Real work begins: Plumbers and sand”

  1. Kyle Says:

    Hello Ted,

    I just read your post on the Globe & Mail page and thought I would look into your blog. It looks very interesting. I see you received a shipment of blocks from Santerra so you must be in Essex county somewhere. My initial thought in looking at your blog is that there is no thermal break between your footings and the ground. There is also no insulation between your foundation floor and the ground. It’s too late to do anything about it, but it was an opportunity lost to have not insulated your home from the ground. Best of luck with your project! It looks like a great adventure.

    • tedspassivesolarhouse Says:

      Kyle,

      Not Essex, but Southwest Middlesex, about midway between London and Chatham. My foundation is insulated with 3inches of sprayed polyurethane foam down to the top of the footing. The slab floor has 3 inches of styrofoam blue in the sand about 15 inches below the slab, giving me some extra thermal capacity in the floor, but isolating it from the ground temperature. I have 3 loops of “earth tubes buried in the sand at the level of the footings, that provide passive “air conditioning” of intake air in winter raising temp from ambient to about 12 C. Everything is documented but there is a long chain in the archive, starting from last summer when I started the project.

      Yes it is an adventure, I hope not a misadventure 🙂

      Ted

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