Site Work
Waterslide!

Waterslide!

The workers left us with such a nice flat ramp on Friday, we figured it was time to have some fun. So, we went to the local hardware store and bought 100ft of 6mil plastic… add a few sprinklers and we had ourselves a nice slip-n-slide. Turns out 100ft wasn’t enough, so we added a...
Day 58

Day 58

The lagging for the west wall, where the pole had been, was completed today. Now that the shoring is done, we are finally free to work anywhere on the site! After lunch, the guys completed the excavation for the footings along the north wall (top of video) of the basement, and started on the excavation...
Day 57

Day 57

The drain pipe for the low-point in the theater was placed in the trench that was laid yesterday and the trench was back-filled. The slope on the north east side of the theater (top right of video) was corrected and the driveway slope (top left) was made usable. After lunch, the electric company finally showed...
Day 54

Day 54

The rest of the dirt from the theater, driveway, and basement grade was moved to the back yard – so it can be used as back-fill dirt when the basement walls are done – but, two additional truckloads needed to be taken away. At this point, the basement grade is level, the theater cuts are...
Day 53

Day 53

The initial driveway slope was created, mostly to allow the mini-excavator and bobcat to go up it, the steps in the theater were completed, the shoring between the basement and driveway was back-filled, and the excavated grade was leveled. Most of the excess dirt was moved to the backyard area (bottom right of the video)...
Day 52

Day 52

The crew spent most of the day wrapping up the shoring between the driveway and the theater (top left of video), although they also managed to do a bit more leveling of the basement sub-floor.
Day 51: Foundation Prep

Day 51: Foundation Prep

The shoring/excavation/concrete contractor switched crews today from the excavation guys to the concrete guys! This means that we have officially started work on the foundation. The new crew spent about half the day getting their bearings, pulling strings, taking elevations, etc. The second half of the day was spent excavating the steps in the theater...
Day 50

Day 50

Back to the skeleton crew again. Today’s task was to remove the last four truckloads of dirt… and now we are done with excavation! Dirt export truck-load total: 240 loads.
Day 49

Day 49

When the crew made the first pass at leveling the bottom of the excavation yesterday, it was obvious that a few more inches needed to go. A few inches over this large of an area turns out to be a lot of dirt. Another 18 truckloads were exported today, although that also includes cutting the...
Day 48

Day 48

We had a minimal crew today, who made a first pass at trying to level out the bottom of the excavated hole. In the process, 6 loads of dirt were exported. Dirt export truck-load total: 218 loads.
Day 47

Day 47

Another day of exporting dirt… 10 truckloads were exported today. The crew also did a little bit of work on the lagging along the east wall (right side of the camera). Dirt export truck-load total: 212 loads.
Day 46

Day 46

The phone and cable companies showed up today, as promised, to complete the relocation of phone and cable service, for the two neighbors to the west, to the new underground conduits. It is really nice to see only electric power lines remaining on that pole… which are still scheduled to be relocated any day now!...