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Day 19

Day 19

The crew seems to have adapted to the job site, as they managed to drill, drop, and fill 10 piles today. At this pace we will hopefully gain a few days on the schedule. It’s a shame the utility pole is still in the way, as that is really the last unknown. The neighbors have...
Day 18

Day 18

If you read Day 17’s entry, then you know what happened today. Drill 8 holes, drop 8 beams, fill 8 holes with concrete – the only difference is that 2 holes from yesterday also need concrete, as there was a slight miscalculation on the first day.
Shoring has started!

Shoring has started!

Work day 17 and the prep work is complete meaning the I-beams are finally going in the ground. Eight beams were placed today, although only 6 were filled with concrete (due to a slight miscalculation). The last two will be filled tomorrow along with ten new beams. Overall, the process is pretty interesting to watch:...
Another weekend

Another weekend

Another weekend has passed and as expected, not much happened. I usually skip weekend videos because nobody wants to watch the tree branches move around in the wind, but this weekend there was a little bit of activity, so I thought I would share the video. Saturday’s activities included torching holes in about half of...
Day 16

Day 16

The second half of the steel was dropped off today… wow that is a lot of steel. A small hole was torched in to one end of each of the beams that will be used on Monday so that they can be lifted vertically and then lowered in to the holes. We met with a...
Day 15

Day 15

The drill rig arrived today, it is a Caterpillar 315CL with a LoDril attachment (see the Equipment page for details) with a 24in auger bit that will do most of the work and a matching casing bit, just in case we manage to find the one rock within a 20 mile radius. The operator drilled...
Day 14

Day 14

The shoring drill rig will be dropped off at 9am tomorrow, followed by the first half of the I-beams between 11am and noon. Even though drilling will not start until Monday (May 9th), today was spent making final preparations for the shoring piles. This included cutting small 2ft wide strips out of the 100 year...
Day 13

Day 13

More preparations for the drill rig today, mostly on the east side of the property (right side of the video), although some work was done on the west side where portions of the hedge on the north-west corner of the property (top left of video) were removed to make way for two pylons. The neighbor’s...
Day 12

Day 12

The temporary power pole received city approval today, so now we are just waiting on the electric company … which seems to be a recurring theme on this project. More shoring prep work, including the smoothing of some block wall footings to make sure the drill rig doesn’t hit concrete. Not super exciting stuff, but...
Day 11

Day 11

The temporary power pole was delivered and installed today, but it will not be inspected until Monday since the city is closed every Friday. I drove down to Torrance to pay Edison for connection and disconnection fees for the temporary pole and called the Edison customer service line to establish my service account. After the...
Day 10

Day 10

The 312B excavator was dropped back off at our lot this morning. I hope it had fun on its field trip, now it needs to get back to work. A matching string was pulled along the west side of the property (left of the video) to give a constant reference point to the west property...
Day 9

Day 9

The Caterpillar 312B Hydraulic Excavator was taken to another job site early this morning, but don’t worry – it will be back tomorrow. As for site work today, all of the shoring piles on the east side of the property (right side of the video) were marked in the soil. Unfortunately part of the neighbor’s...